Palau Guell (Catalan) - Palacio Guell (Spanish) - or in English, Guell Palace. Designed by Antoni Gaudi. The Palau Guell is a magnificent town house in Barcelona's gothic quarter on the street "Nou de la Rambla" close to La Rambla. Restoration work has been ongoing since 1984 and the building has been completely closed for the last seven years to complete the huge job of restoring this magnificent building by Gaudi back to its original splendor. Palau Guell re-opens on May 26 2011. This was one of the homes of Gaudí's patron, Count Eusebi Güell, who commissioned the building in 1885 and made it his family home for 20 years. During the Spanish Civil War it was used as a police station and since then it has been owned by the Barcelona Council, who used it for the "el Institut del Teatre." This was one of the most spectacular and luxurious buildings in Barcelona when it was built and it was an early sign of Gaudí's future architectural style. Palau Guell was built in stone, coated with delicate marble and decorated with high quality wood. Its inauguration coincided with the 1888 World Fair Exhibition in Barcelona and many social and official functions were hosted here. The building was a pleasant surprise for the citizens of Barcelona and earned great admiration of visitors because it was such a radical break from the style of other contemporary palaces in Barcelona. It reopened in May 2011 after a complete restoration under the direction of architect Antoni González. The entire building is open to the public, but with a limit of 160 visitors inside, so queues can be expected. The admission fee includes an excellent audio guide in several languages and the building has an excellent gift shop. For further Information and booking contact: +34 934725775.
Pictures of Palau Guell Opening Times: April to September Monday closed (except public holidays) Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 to 20:00 Final admission time 19:00
October to March Monday closed (except public holidays) Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 to 17:30 Final admission time: 16:30 Admission prices 2012 - Price includes audio guide General admission: €10 Reduced rates: €8 Groups bigger than 10 people are asked to book in advance.
Disabled access: Palau Guell is a partially adapted building. Not all the floors are accessible.