Guell Palace is one of the earliest works of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona. The building was built as a private house for the city of the Catalan businessman Eusebi Güell, who was one of the first to notice the talent and style of the brilliant Antoni Gaudí and sponsored his work. The palace is located in the Raval district, a stone's throw from the famous Ramblas.
The work on the Palace of Gaudi can clearly be seen the desire to get away from the stated architectural styles to their own forms and solutions. The main gate, designed in the form of parabolic arches of wrought iron, were designed to the Palace could get away in their carriages and sleds. Horses led into the basement stables, where he also lived the servants and guests accompanied by a luxurious staircase in the reception hall. On the high ceiling of the banquet hall the small holes were provided, which were inserted lights, creating the room a starry sky effect.
The interior of the palace turned completely original. One hundred and twenty-seven columns of limestone, each - different from the other, the intricate design of the metal, which is decorated room, the wooden parts inlaid fragments of tortoiseshell, ebony and ivory. One room has been decorated with beech, eucalyptus lined another, two living rooms ceilings were decorated with carved figure of a tree, on the beams Decor elements in the form of leaves of silver and gold.
This house was not merely a palace, but at the same time a metaphor recalls the social and economic ascent of the Güell: from the dark dungeons of poverty to the celebration of life and prosperity. Ground floor, marked by the harshness of gray marble, brightly contrasts with a riot of colors and whimsical shapes chimneys upper terrace. At the family's coat of arms, which Gaudi created for Güell flaunts unexpectedly frank motto: "Ahir Pastor Avui Senyor" - "Yesterday, shepherd, lord today."
Repeatedly Palace Güell changed owners and was home to various organizations. In our 1944 was an American multimillionaire wanted to buy a palace in the property, only to take it apart stone by stone and take to himself to America - but, fortunately, it did not happen. In our 1984 the building was included in the UNESCO list. In our 2011 after yet another restoration of the Güell Palace again became available to the public.
The entrance ticket to visit the Palace can probresti in advance via the website, so as not to stand in line. Tickets cost 12 €.