The works of Gaudí, the brilliant Catalan architect, can be found all over Barcelona. Besides the well known monuments of the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, Parc Güell and the Colonia Güell church in Santa Coloma de Cervelló, the Palau Güell has reopened to the public following its recent renovation. The building, located in the Raval neighbourhood, is one of the architectural jewels of Catalan modernism and was designed by Gaudí to be the Barcelona residence of Eusebi Güell, the textile magnate. It has remained largely unchanged since its construction between 1886 and 1889 and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 for its contribution and influence on modern construction techniques and designs of the 20th century, and for its outstanding creative character. The palace is located right next to La Rambla, in an area which in its day was the centre of the city, and its rooms once played host to meetings of the cream of the city’s bourgeoisie. It was built from the highest quality materials, in the main part marble-fronted stone, and was furnished with the most exquisite pieces of furniture and works of art. A highlight is the central salon, crowned with a domed cupola that has needle holes through which filters the light of day.
Address: Nou de la Rambla, 3-5.
Phone: 933 173 974.
Metro: Liceu (L 3)
Opening Hours: from 10am to 8pm, closed on Mondays.
Price: €10 adults.
Site: www.palauguell.cat (in English and French).