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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Palau Guell Reviews
Firstly, I didn't have to pay an entry fee due to the attraction being free on the first Sunday of a month (though you do need to pre-book the ticket in advance still). It really was quite... more »
Palau Güell has a fascinating history and is well worth a visit for €12pp. Guided tours are also available at certain times at no extra cost. We did the English tour which started at 10 am and... more »
€9 for a student ticket and it came with a wonderful audio guide that was very interesting and informative. A truly wonderful example of Gaudí's architectural genius. The central hall was a stroke of absolute genius, with wonderful acoustics. They played a song on the organ in the central hall to show how sound travels throughout the whole palace. Would recommend!
We really enjoyed our visit here, even more than we anticipated. There is lots to see and the architecture is incredible, alongside the interesting history of the building and the family that lived here. One of the cheaper attractions we visited but definitely one of the best.
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