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Güell Palace, Barcelona

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#4 of 41 in Historic Sites in Barcelona
Architectural Building Historic Site
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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  • we went on a Saturday afternoon, 3 ish, and they weren't allowing any more in until, 5.30, which was shame as we had dinner plans and couldn't wait. Love the views from the top though  more »
  • We just popped in here as we were passing it most days and we were curious. The metal work outside is worth a closer look to see the details. You can have an electronic guide which is free and well wo...  more »
  • Was great to see this gaudi work. Lots of walking up and down stairs so not too accessible. But worth going to the top, great views of the streets and lovely to see the roof top work.  more »
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  • A unique and beautiful home which inspired me to take some ideas from here and hopefully incorporate them into my own art and home. A must see for artists and creative types...
  • If you like house Batllo, then you need to check Palau Güell. Awesome work, a palace on the middle of the city. Half the price compare to the rest of Gaudi houses, with a lot of things to see. An amazing discovery
  • An incredible house! A bit pricey to see but truly special experience of Gaudí. Loved the horse stables and the roof especially!
  • An impressive palce wiyh the clear signature of Gaufi. Unless you are an art lover you will find the entrance pricey. However, there are tons of offers in Barcelona that include lower entrance prices to certain POIs if you buy complete tourist packages. It's worth a look.
  • Very beautiful palace! It should be more famous. Don't forget to visit the rooftop, it has great views!

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