The Palau Guell is situated just off the bottom of the Ramblas at c/Nou de la Rambla 3. It's fairly anonymous from the front, unless you look up and see the multi-coloured chimneys (again covered in Gaudi's trademark broken ceramics).
It is not possible just to wander in, viewing is by guide only, and only small groups are taken round, so if you want to see inside, get there early in the day, book a tour, and come back later for the tour, as the days tours fill up quick.
Photography is very limited inside, so I almost didin't take my camera, but was pleased I did as it is possible to take pictures on the roof, which is the best bit!
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.
This "Palace", one of Gaudí's earliest works, was built between 1886 and 1890, as a family home for one of the great patrons of Modernisme, Eusebi Güell. This businessman was also the financial support of the Parc Guell project.
The entrance shows the parabolic arches that are very important in Gaudís work and again, one of the most interesting parts of the the building is the roof with chimneys.
This palatial home is located just off Ramblas, about 4 blocks from the water front and near Liceau. Antonio Gaudi designed this home for the wealthy entrepreneur, Eusebi Guell between 1886-1890. It was also for Guell that the park up north was designed and constructed under supervision of Gaudi. The two main ornate arches were the entry for guest to take their horse drawn carriages right into the home and down to the lower level. The coat of arms of Catalan adorns the front.
Price to enter is a steep 10 Euro, so we did not go in; besides it was crowded, and a line waiting for 1/2 hour was in front. It is open Tuesday-Sunday generally 10-5:30PM.
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.
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.
First thing to think about when visiting Park Guell - make sure that you aren't tired before.
Second thing - don't take the metro here, as all the climbing will make you quite tired. Put up some money instead, and take a taxi. The things you lose in money you will earn in energy... ;)
The Park Guell is another of Antoni Gaudi's big monuments, although this one is a parc. Since 1984 it's put upon UNESCO's list of World Heritage site, and I recon that was a good decision...
I'm not a huge fan of Gaudi, but still it's really relaxing to walk around in the parc. Specially in the beginning, before you meet half the world in the center of the parc. There is a museum, built in the house where Gaudi once lived, and there is the huge monument built upon colons, where you also can find a caf?.
Stay out of this caf? though, if you doesn't like to get ripped off. Service is terrible (i.e there is no service) and prices are ridiculous.). Just walk around instead, and make sure that you brought some food/drink with you from the outside instead.
Entrance is free, which is really great (put those money saved there on the taxi to the parc instead, as written above) and plan to spend at least a couple of hours here. You can easily find spots in the parc that isn't as crowded as around the big monument, where you instead can sit down and relax, have a talk with your friends, read a book, or just enjoy the silence.
From the beginning Gaudi wanted to give the parc a english style, with up to 60 houses inside it. It didn't prove successful though, and in the end there was only two built.
My advice is, when you get into the head entrance, to look at the monuments, but as soon as you start to get tired of it, all the people around you and the stress - head somewhere else in the parc. Find yourself and your company a bench up in the hills and have a look out over Barcelona. That is, according to me, much more beautiful than the monuments by Gaudi.
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.
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.
Much of the famed Modernisme architect Antonio Gaudi's early career was constructing elaborate follies for wealthy clients. (modernisme being the Catalanyan offshoot of Art Nouveau).
In 1885 the industrialist and aristocrat, Eusebio Guell, commissioned the Palau Guell, just off the Ramblas.
I rushed there but not realising closing time was even earlier than I thought and it was already closed at 2pm, very unfortunately - as I will now have to return to Barcelona again for a third visit! I am even more impressed since to have found out, according to the Rough Guide book on Spain, that this building is the first modern building to have been declared a World Heritage buidling by Unesco.
Many of Gaudi's buildings are still privately owned and not open to the public so it is a blessing that this building is open to the public.
When I return to Barcelona to indulge in a much wanted tour of the Ruta del Modernisme, ie following a route of Gaudi buildings, in addition to the constructions Ive already seen and visited, apparently a ticket can be bought here at Palau Guell.
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.
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.
A part of Unesco world heritage site of Antoni Gaudi's work, the building is designed for the industrial tycoon - Eusebi Guell.
The iron work on the lower part of the facade of the building is so intricate which looks both like a musical note and/or spain's seal.
There was some renovation going on inside during our visit so entrance is free but on limited spaces only.
I always pass by this building whenever I go to Plaza Real from my hostal in metro parallel and didn't notice it until it was made apparent by the free walking tour guide. The roof top has those usual Gaudi artsy stuff that looks to me like some kind of candy cones. Casa Mila and those found at Parc Guell has those too.
The only negatives about this FREE leasurely park that attracts artists and tourists from around the world, is the walk up the hill to get there. But even the walk has been improved as there are outdoor escalators in place to help one climb up. The park was designed and built in the early 20th century by achitectural genius Antonio Guadi and it has the feeling of walking into a park made out of ginger bread with whip cream topping splashed everywhere. Then there are the little eye candies of colorful fresco-like material beautifying the place. The park is a real eye prize, one of a kind, and should not be missed.
Customer of this famous Gaudi work was Eusebio Guell. It was the first monumental Gaudi work at center of Barcelona. The house was a place not only for living, but also for concerts, the invitation of serious guests. As usually, the architecture of Gaudi is something different from others. In this building I liked the chimneys that were decorated by ceramic tiles.
It is possible to visit palace inside as well for an extra price, but we haven’t made that.