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Güell Palace, Barcelona

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To see the first major building celebrated architect Antoni Gaudí designed in this city, visit World Heritage–listed Güell Palace. The house was built in the late 1880s for a wealthy local industrialist, Eusebi Güell. Like many other works by Gaudí, this palace features an unusual combination of materials, blending elements from Gothic, Islamic, and Art Nouveau architecture. During the middle of the 20th century, police tortured political prisoners in the basement of the house, and later the building stood abandoned for decades, slowly falling into disrepair. After a massive renovation project that took nearly 20 years to complete, the house reopened in its full splendor in 2010. To learn the full story behind this fascinating building, pick up the audio guide at the entrance. Güell Palace is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Barcelona Edition.
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  • Palau Guell gets knocked back in the must visit stakes by the likes of Casa Batllo and La Pedrera on Passeig de Gracia but it is absolutely worth a visit. Tucked away at the bottom of La Rambla Palau ...  more »
  • Beautiful Gaudi building. Make sure to visit in good weather so the roof terrace is open. Magnificent chimneys and ornaments. 
  • Teams now determined where there are tested many techniques and the very stones are used. Impressive! But from an obscure time, and only on the roof he found to use colors other than Brown, grey and gold.
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  • Closed on Mondays! Buy your tickets online ahead of time and go close to the opening time to avoid bigger crowds. It was neat to see the innovations used in the construction of this urban residence.
  • Personally I prefer here more then Casa Mila, It's more to see and the guide is free with lots of explanations of Gaudi's design
  • Another interesting Antoni Gaudí site in Barcelona. Designed and built for Eusebi Güell by Gaudí, you can see some of the most amazing metal work and interesting architectural elements. From main area with it's vaulting ceiling and builtin pipe organ (which if you time your visit correctly you can hear being played, a treat for your ears). To the roof with unusual and creative elements hiding the function beneath. Just off the La Rambla as you walk to toward the Mirador de Colom. Worth the visit if you are a fan of important modernista architecture.
  • This is a must see place if you are in Barcelona. After Sagrada the Guell Palace is Gaudi's masterpiece Go on the first Sunday of the month for free entrance. But make sure to get there before 9 am. It is a long wait before you get the free tickets.
  • I was new to Barcelona as 1st time visitor. I must say that after spending 1 week here and checking some of Gaudi's work, this one, Palau Guell has to be a MUST SEE if you are NOT a fan of museums where you spend your time gazing some pictures on a wall and want to really see how did an out of the box familly live almost 100 years ago. Will go and visit once again. At least. The price is more than fair and if you go mid week day, you can almost feel alone :)