This estate was built between 1884 and 1887. Gaudì designed the stables and the porter's lodge.
Visits are not permitted, but you can enjoy the wrought iron gate (the dragon!)
Finca Guell is located in Avinguida de Pedralbes, 7. It is not far from the Palau Reial de Pedralbes (see tip).
These are some very interesting buildings by Gaudi. You can see Mudejar influence in them. The main gate is the thing that stands out the most, an iron dragon. Watch out it doesn't bite you : )
You can only admire this place from the outside, it's a private property.
It's between the two metro stations Palau Reial and Maria Cristina (both in Av. Diagonal), right in Pius XII square. From Pius XII square take Av. Pedralbes, is the numer 7)
We went to the Tourism Office and got a Barcelona map. On it we could find different touristic spots as well as a few of Gaudi's work. We were walking in the Eixample district and looked for Casa Calvet (Carrer de Casp, 48).
It cannot be visited because it's a residence now.
A little known fact about Placa Reial is that Antonio Gaudi y Cornet (the famous and highly-individualistic Spanish architect who lived from 1852 until 1926) designed its unique streetlamps in the shape of trees when he was still a fledgling architect in 1879.
To decorate them, Gaudi used the symbols of Hermes –two snakes twisted up a staff and a winged helmet—since Hermes had become the patron of the Catalan business community who had set themselves up in this neighborhood.
Ironically, the merchants left the area a few years later
The Passeig de Gràcia
Not exactly a "off beaten path" because this is one of the highlights in Barca !
Metal frame work as balcony decoration - inspired by A.Gaudi - the master himself !!
Again it's the Gaudi buildings, get a guide book and see for yourselves you wont regret it.The Pedrera has a fantastic roof from which you get good views of the city.
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