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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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  • very impressive architecture and design, but for me the most fascinating part was the views from the roof. 
  • Palau Güell, Palace-the present House, built by Gaudi for his friend. In the small space between the poor crippled towers houses the present Royal Palace, looking skyward. Façade with carved gate and unexpected coat of arms with the Eagle. Basement-bleak and dark, almost devoid of lighting, evoking the eerie feeling. High Hall on three floors with dome simulates the sky through round Windows. A huge number of columns, the Palace all the same. Roof with multi-colored turrets-flues are the only visible from a distance, you know, looks pretty ridiculous amid poor neighbouring roofs with razveshennym. During the inspection of the House occurred a fun story. Lifting from the bottom up, I suddenly decided to turn back, something I wanted to see again. But here it is not accepted-time visit is limited and back stroke. Therefore, one of the attendants politely asked me not to interrupt the upward path. I did initially not realizing why you cannot do this, tried using a pair of Spanish words and known to me "on your toes" to explain that I do not have all looked. Then he did something I didn't expect. Luring me down where I wanted, he started to tell me something in English, at the same time pointing with his hand on the subject of the story. Interrupt it seemed impolite, although I didn't realize niiiichego. Man, without interrupting the story led me higher from floor to floor, telling and showing. I smiled and nodded, occasionally exclaiming "Oh Kay. Sometimes he asked, do I understand it and I gladly answered "Esas!" we have long left behind many Museum visitors, and only on the roof, he finished his story and salute. I was ecstatic! I won this tour. And although I did not understand absolutely nothing, it was great!
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  • Antoni Gaudi designed this beautiful Palace, located in the Ciutat Vella, the old town, in Barcelona. After the war the House was in such a condition that the then owner, Mercè Güell (Eusebi Güell's daughter), chose to donate it to the State. I think definitely you should visit this. Just the basement is especially interesting and exciting, with large pillars and very sparse decorations. It was here the servants lived and there was also a stable. Facade outside is very beautiful to behold, with four large chimneys that rise from the roof and a bare yet appealing exterior.
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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 :)