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Barcelona is, without a doubt, Gaudí’s city. Many of his masterpieces of architecture were built here, and one of them is the beautiful Palau Güell! The Güell Palace was commissioned by the famous industrial tycoon Eusebi Güell, the same man behind the Park Güell, the Column of Saint Cervello and the Güell Pavillions. Güell was a wealthy man with a passion for real estate, and modernist art and became quite the fan of Antoni Gaudí early on in his career. He trusted the modern artist with designing the home for his family and the results were remarkable. The townhouse was built in the late 1800’s along the Carrer Nou de la Rambla as a sort of  cosmopolitan manor where a family of high social standing can live the fast-paced city life while also maintaining a sense of luxury and exclusivity. The family lived in the manor until some time in the early 1900’s when his family moved to the grounds at Park Güell.

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-18-17-14One thing that sets the “palace” apart from many of Gaudí’s other works is the fact that it is not simply a museum dedicated to the modernista’s work. Instead, it’s a fully furnished home that reflects the every day life of a family set against the backdrop of a Gaudí’s genius. Visitors start their tour in the stables, and move through the main hall, the grand staircase, the ballroom, the dining hall, bedrooms the rooftop and more. Each room has a story to match its unique design, such as the ballroom/chapel and high ceiling designed to look like stars and sunlight coming through from above. From detailed etchings and rare woodwork, to designs that allow light and sound to move throughout the house, it is truly an impressive place! In addition to being open for tours, the palace regularly hosts artistic events on their rooftop! Like poetry readings, mini-concerts and other live performances! General admission to the Palau Güell is 12€, including a detailed audio guide, which we highly recommend using. Hours of operation vary depending on events, weather, construction and time of year. So head over to the official website for further details!

Your friendly neighbourhood travel guide,

– Leah

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