Palau Guell, Barcelona

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To see the first major building celebrated architect Antoni Gaudí designed in this city, visit World Heritage–listed Palau Guell. 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. For Palau Guell and beyond, use our Barcelona attractions app to get the most from your Barcelona vacation.
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  • Beautiful building and very well preserved. Audio guide very helpful in giving background to the Guell family’s life and Gaudi’s methods. Essential for Gaudi and Modernista fans. Worth visiting...  more »
  • We were lucky to pick a quiet day so had a minimal wait before going in. The cost of the entry ticket was reasonable and included a free audio guide which was very comprehensive. The tour through the....  more »
  • We diverted from our walk up Las Ramblas to catch our first glimpse of Gaudi at Palau Guell. We only saw the outside, which seemed darker and more depressing than the other works we saw (Casa Batllo.....  more »
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  • €9 for a student ticket and it came with a wonderful audio guide that was very interesting and informative. A truly wonderful example of Gaudí's architectural genius. The central hall was a stroke of absolute genius, with wonderful acoustics. They played a song on the organ in the central hall to show how sound travels throughout the whole palace. Would recommend!
  • We really enjoyed our visit here, even more than we anticipated. There is lots to see and the architecture is incredible, alongside the interesting history of the building and the family that lived here. One of the cheaper attractions we visited but definitely one of the best.
  • Truly a palace in the middle of the city. Stunning, elaborate, worth the admission, includes a very good audio guide. Güell was clearly extraordinarily wealthy to be able to afford this project, and we are better off for the works that his wealth enabled Gaudí to design. The roof alone is magnificent.
  • I chose to have a guided tour. Our guide was amazing. I enjoyed every minute of the visit. The palace is astonishing. Highly recommended.
  • Nice area to spend the afternoon exploring. Will visit again and take my time. Love my friends but they want to see everything in a day. I on the other side like to enjoy seeing and smelling the flowers.
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