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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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  • Located in Raval, is one of our fave Gaudi structure, to us has a real gothic feel about it, definitely a must visit. 
    Located in Raval, is one of our fave Gaudi structure, to us has a real gothic feel about it, definitely a must visit.  more »
  • The palace was built in 1885-1890. It is one of the early works of the famous Gaudi. The design of the palace for the first time reflected the combination of decorative and structural elements... 
    The palace was built in 1885-1890. It is one of the early works of the famous Gaudi. The design of the palace for the first time reflected the combination of decorative and structural elements...  more »
  • This is without a doubt the best Gaudi house we visited in Barcelona. A very impressive piece of architecture. The house is beautiful inside and out, and the house provides full access to the rooms... 
    This is without a doubt the best Gaudi house we visited in Barcelona. A very impressive piece of architecture. The house is beautiful inside and out, and the house provides full access to the rooms...  more »
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  • This palace was truly amazing. It's hard to appreciate the complexity of the design until you actually walk around it! I highly recommend downloading the app and listening to the (free) audioguide, there's limited signage so the extra information really helps. There's also a choice of various length tours. When we went (a Friday) it was pretty quiet, with plenty of space to explore at our own pace, whilst listening to the guide. The views from the rooftop is amazing, and can see plenty of Barcelona landmarks. Finally, it's super affordable (10-12 euro/ea), and should be a part of any visit.
  • While many Gaudi buildings are extraordinary from the outside, this one is a bit more 'normal'. Which is probably why it cheaper to get in than others. But while inside, it's amazing and worth the time. He really is everywhere in this beautiful home, and it's lovely to see. Make sure to go on a nicer day out, as the terrace is a special surprise but closes when it rains.
  • Guell Palace remarkable in detail, lets you discover it floor by floor to the wonderful terrace. I had the pleasure to listen to jazz rhythms visiting this terrace. I bought tickets from there, there was no one in line, I went on a Thursday night towards the end of the program. quite a few visitors. but it was so good that I could admire in silence. wonderful, I recommend it for visiting!
  • I recommend taking the guided tour to make the most of your visit, even though there are audio guides available as well. The ticket costs 12 euros and it's totally worth it. The Palau is very well preserved. The views from the roof are spectacular.
  • A gorgeous marvel on the inside. We didn't get to see the roof terrace due to rainy weather, but I still think it was well worth the 12€. The audio is extremely easy to follow; informative but brief. I was blown away by the main hall, and then the organ began to play! Or at least a recording. Either way, it was fascinating to experience the music swelling throughout the space as people used to.

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