A Rich industrial Family named Guëll asked Antoni Gaudí to build this Palace. They lived all their life in the Palace.
The Guell Palace " Palau Güell" in catalan, was constructed in 1888 by Antoni Gaudi.In the lobby of the Palace, the light that falls through the windows is subdued by three huge parabolic arches formed by grey, smoothly polished stone pillars. The towering arches create the impression of a Gothic window; but the windows which Gaudi employed in Guell's palace are rectangular - in other words, serve as a counterpoint to the lines of the arches. These arches also reveal the first signs of his worries with Art Nouveau. The Art Nouveau elements of the entrance gate were also repeated inside the building. For one thing, there are lavish decorations on the pillars, of which there is a considerable number: from the thick, supporting, mushroom-shaped polished grey pillars made of snake-eye stone excavated from a quarry in the Pyrenees.
A hall spanning three floors forms the center of the building. It replaces, as it were, the normal inner courtyard, but at the same time creates the impression that one is standing in a huge Baroque church. This room is covered by a cupola in which Gaudi put numerous round holes. The twisted legs of the table recur in the building itself, namely, on the roof.
*Good to Know: From 1st January 2016 Palau Güell will open its doors for free every first Sunday of the month.
The Guell Palace - Palau GüellC. Nou de la Rambla, 3-5, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Area: El Raval
Website: The Guell Palace in Barcelona - Palau Güell
Opening hours: Winter: from 10am to 7.30pm / Summer: 10am to 8pm. Closed Mondays (when not holidays), 25-26 December, 1st January and from 6th to 13th January
Prices: General: 12€
Phone: 00 34 934 725 775
Phone 2 : Fax.00 34 934 725 772
Metro/Bus: Metro: Line 3, Liceu Station / Bus: 14, 59, 91, 120
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