Palau Guell, Barcelona

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    Palau Guell

    by sarahandgareth Updated Aug 24, 2004

    The Palau Guell is the only Gaudi-designed house that is fully open to the public; others can only be partially seen, or even only from the exterior. It was built in the late 1880s for Eusebi Guell, who was one of Gaudi’s most important champions – and benefactors. There are bits and pieces of three or four styles in this house, as is characteristic of Gaudi’s work, although the color associated with his houses isn’t visible until you see the roof and the decorated chimneys, which are totally crazy, like toadstools gone wild.

    The house itself has at least one less-than-pleasant episode in its history: after the Spanish Civil War, political prisoners were tortured by police in the basement.

    Decorative Chimneys on the Palau Guell

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    Palau Guell

    by clairegeordio Written Jul 4, 2004

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    This building, built by Gaudi for the family Eusebi Guell Bacigalupi in 1886-88 is now a World Cultural Heritage site, and was Gaudi's first major architectural project. The Guell family did not actually live here for very long. In 1936 the palace was confiscated by the Spanish Civil war anarchists, who then used it for their military headquarters and prison.
    We only got to visit the stables downstairs and the roof, as the rest of the house was being renovated, however, it was free entry. The roof is worth seeing though, with it's 18 projecting chimneys and pipes covered in broken pieces of ceramic.

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    Palau Guell

    by tini58de Written Jun 9, 2004

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    The Palau Guell was my favourite building - designed by Gaudi and really something else!

    At the beginning of May they have started to renovate, so actually the palace was closed. But they did offer a guided tour to the stables and the roof only - free of charge!!! It was such an experience!

    From October 2004 the Palau Guell will be closed for two years !!!

    Chimneys of the Palau Guell
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    Rooftop of Palau Guell

    by kazander Updated Apr 29, 2004

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    There are many different chimney pots on the rooftop of Palau Guell. The ones above the main house are decorated with many different multicolored tiles. The less decorative ones are above the servants quarters.

    Chimney pot above the servants quarters
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    Palau Guell

    by kazander Updated Apr 29, 2004

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    The house Antoni Gaudi created for Eusebi Guell is right off of the lower La Rambla. The guided tours take you through much of the house, no pictures are allowed with the exception of the rooftop. The tours end about 4pm so get there early. We had to go 3 times before we actually got in! And then we had to wait an hour for our tour to begin...you can wander on La Rambla or Go to Placa Reial for a drink while you wait. The front of the building doesn't stand out as much as you think it might, given the pictures of the chimney pots that are mostly shown of the house. The first time I went there I walked right by!
    An interesting thing the guide told us was that this house was restored right before the Barcelona Olympics. The chimney pot in the forefront of my picture is the only one that is still completely original.

    Chimney Pots on the rooftop of Palau Guell
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    Palau Güell

    by seamandrew Written Apr 18, 2004

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    In the first stretch of Carrer Nou de la Rambla is the Palau Güell . It was built by no other than Gaudi himself between 1885 and 1889 as the home of his patron, Count Güell. With this structure, the architect embarked on a period of fertile creativity. Here, Gothic inspiration alternates with elements of Arabic influence. The building is structured around an enormous salon, from which a conical roof covered in pieces of tiling emerges to preside over an unusual landscape of purposely placed battelements, balustrades, and unusually shaped chimneys.

    Palau G��ell on Carrer Nou de la Rambla
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    Barcelona, Palau Guell

    by chrisvandenbroucke Updated Mar 29, 2004

    Pity you can't get close to these wonderful ornaments.

    (Palau Guell is the first big work by Gaudí, built between 1886 and 1888 for a wealthy family. Gaudi combined Gothic and Moorish styles in a splendid combination of the creative and unusual.
    It's a pity it can't be seen on the inside.
    It's part of the Unesco World Heritage since 1984)

    Barcelona, Palau Guell

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    Barcelona, Palau Guell

    by chrisvandenbroucke Written Mar 29, 2004

    Catherine loves the metal ornaments on the Palau Guell

    (Palau Guell is the first big work by Gaudí, built between 1886 and 1888 for a wealthy family. Gaudi combined Gothic and Moorish styles in a splendid combination of the creative and unusual.
    It's a pity it can't be seen on the inside.
    It's part of the Unesco World Heritage since 1984)

    Barcelona, Palau Guell

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    Palau Guell

    by col_hall6 Updated Mar 15, 2004

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    A wonderful step back in history, to Barcelona of 1890 to be precise. This is the home of the wealthy industrialist Eusebi Guell, designed and built by Gaudi. The interior has been preserved along with original furniture.
    You need to first of all get a ticket for one of the tours held during the day (this is the only way of visiting the Palau) The tours are held in Spanish, Catalan and English.
    The feeling, when doing the tour, was of going back in time. This was due to the excellent attention to detail. You begin in the cellar and stables and end up on the incredible roof that has the most amazing chimneys you will ever see, each one decorated individually.

    Best time to visit - Early morning or late afternoon. You can get a ticket before the tour required.
    Opening hours - Nov to Mar 10 - 6 (last tour 4.30). Apr to Oct 10 - 8 (last tour 6.15). Closed Sundays and public holidays. Tours only, every 15 minutes. Tours last 1 hour.

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    Palau Guell-Rooftop

    by bpwillet Written Feb 6, 2004

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    The tour of the Palau Guell ends with the roof. After seeing all the artistic styles used in the interior of the house you are brought up to the roof to chimneys that only Gaudi could design. The ornate chimneys that are visible are all distinct and different and are decorated with broken, colored tiles. There are also very plain brick chimneys, but those were for the servants. This is also another vantage point to look out over Barcelona.

    Gaudi Chimneys, Palau Guell-El Raval
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    Palau Guell-Interior

    by bpwillet Written Feb 6, 2004

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    There is a tour around the building that is compulsory. It is well worth it as the information book doesn't do the palace justice. There are many different artistic styles that Gaudi used in the creation of the rooms and various themes.

    Ornate ceiling, interior Palau Guell-El Raval
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    Palau Guell

    by bpwillet Written Feb 6, 2004

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    One of the only modernist buildings in the Ciutat Vella, it was built by Gaudi for Eusabi Guell in the 1880's. It was intended to be an extension to his mansion on tLa Rambla. It was used by the police at a time after the civil war and political prisoners were tortured in the basement.

    Facade of Palau Guell-El Raval
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    Palau Güell

    by arlequin_g Updated Jul 22, 2003

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    Come back to the past visiting this great palace built by Gaudi in 1886. It's a guided visit. You'll be explained a lot of interesting details about Gaudi and the family who lived here. The visit ends up in the roof where you'll meet the characteristic chimneys by Gaudi. This is the only place you can take photos (the roof) cause inside the palace is forbidden.
    The price is 3 euros and you can visit it from Monday to Saturday from 10-18.

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    Palau Güell

    by monkeyfeesh Updated Jul 13, 2003

    The Palau Güell was the first of the many commissions Eusebi Güell gave to Gaudí. It was built between 1886 and 1888 as a residence for the Güell family. Armed with unlimited reserves of money from Güell's pockets (one of Güell's secretaries, alarmed at how much Gaudí was spending, showed a pile of bills to Güell, whose response was "Is that all he spent?"), Gaudí created this fascinating palace which is still in remarkably good condition. The architecture is fascinating; while the building can hardly said to be particularly attractive from the outside, being made of grey stone, indoors it contains fine examples of typically Gaudí style. For example, in the cellars you'll see tree/mushroom shaped pillars. On the roof you'll find the oft-pictured chimneys, decorated in trencadis style - smashed up ceramic and glass mosaics. One of the highlights is the dome, perforated by skylights and intended to look like a planetarium. Also check out the ceilings, which become more or less ornate according to the how public the room's use was, and the dark, almost concealed passages close to the ceiling which run around some of the rooms, allowing Güell to spy on his guests and family members. The furnishings are largely replicas or appropriate pieces from the period - much of the original furnishing was removed or destroyed (including the family altar), particularly when the palace was occupied by anarchists.

    Access to the palace is only possible by guided tour; it costs 3 euros and takes place every half hour or so. It's open Monday to Saturday: from the 31st of March to the 26th of October, it's open from 10am to 6:15pm; from the 27th of October to the end of March, it's open from 10am to 4:30pm.

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    Gaudi - Palau Guell

    by Pounder73 Written Jan 17, 2003

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    Palau Guell (1885 – 1890)

    This is basically a mansion that Gaudi designed for his very affluent and prominent friend, Eusebi (or Count) Guell. This palace located right off of the lower La Rumblas, and don’t let the façade fool you. (that I believe was also at least partly designed by someone else) but what’s inside that makes it a Gaudi, and a little bit gaudy. While taking the tour, I asked the tour guide if we were allowed to take pictures. His response was no, but he couldn’t say no to something he didn’t see. I will actually explain a little bit with these pictures. Enjoy.

    Palau Guell

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