Palau Guell, Barcelona

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    Palau Guell

    by col_hall6 Updated Mar 15, 2004

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    Palau Guell

    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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    Gaudi Chimneys, Palau Guell-El Raval

    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.

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    Palau Guell-Interior

    by bpwillet Written Feb 6, 2004

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    Ornate ceiling, interior Palau Guell-El Raval

    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.

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    Palau Guell

    by bpwillet Written Feb 6, 2004

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    Facade of Palau Guell-El Raval

    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.

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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.

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    Palau de Güell

    by martin_nl Updated Jan 4, 2003

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    Roof of Palau de G��ell

    Palau de Güell is Gaudi's first big building in the centre of Barcelona. It is located in a very small street, so it is dificult to take a good look at the facade. The house was built for Eusebi Güell and nowadays it is opened for the public. My favourite part of the house is the roof (which is also the only part of the house you are allowed to take pictures). The roof has really beautiful mosaique chimney's in all forms and colours.

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    by serap Written Aug 26, 2002

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    PALAU GUELLPalau Guell...It is another work of Gaudi which is one of the few Modernista buildings on La Rambla. The palace was built by Eusebi Guell as an extension of family residence in nearby Rambla. Guell commissioned the architect Antoni Gaudi to design the building. The building is a great mixture of Islamic, Gothic and Art Nouveau styles. The ceiling ornamentation in the first floor is just stunning. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take pictures inside the building.

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    The Palau Güell is one of the...

    by JaumeBCN Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The Palau Güell is one of the houses built by the Catalan genious Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona. Built in 1885 as the house of the Güell family, it is considered a Modernist masterpiece. It was named as Mankind Heritage by the UNESCO in 1985.

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    Palau Güell

    by crazyguitar Written Nov 15, 2002

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    An urban residence designed by Antoni Gaudi and built between
    1886 and 1888 for the family of Eusebi Güell.

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    A visit to the Guell Palace

    by d6676 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    The Palace was built between 1886 and 1890 by Eusebi Guell i Bacigalupi (1846-1918), the first Count Guell, as an extension of the family residence in the nearby Rambla.

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