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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  • Highly recommended to visit and see all the details of its architecture do not fail to see the stables
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  • This is a very interesting ride to learn more the relationship between Mr. Guell and Gaudi. The architecture impresses the search for originality and the relationship between shapes, colors and creativity. Well worth getting to know.
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  • Great place to visit. It is majestic inside. Definitely one of my favorites in Barcelona. A lot of different styles and each room has its personality. It is close to la Boqueria so I would recommend to add this to your list.
  • Fantastic Plaza with historic architecture and of course the Star Gaudi, right outside. The plaza is filled with palm trees, statues, restaurants, Cafe's, and shops. Standing inside is a great experience of the combination of its architectural features and the mix of hustle and bustle. Great place for spending a few minutes or sitting back and enjoying a coffee or meal. Either way it is a must stop over.
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