If you are touring through Barcelona, you cannot miss places while you are on it! Walking through the city allows the tourist to enjoy different artworks and sites that are part of the city’s history. Names like Eusebi Güell and Antoni Gaudí amongst many others will sound familiar to you.
In this post, we´ll talk about a place rarely known by foreigners and even some residents, but still important and remarkable to Catalonian culture and heritage. This place was designed by our already known Antoni Gaudi as a request from Mr. Eusebi Güell. So I´ll mark a question: are you ready to tour Barcelona and meet Palau Güell, one of the firsts Antoni Gaudi buildings?
Palau Güell: A perfect look at Catalonian modernism
One of the emblematic places, and maybe one of Catalunya´s modernist pieces, is Palau Güell. Located next to La Rambla, a necessary place for Barcelona tourism, Palau is easy to access and is one of the sightseeing spots in Barcelona that are worth visiting.
Like other Antoni Gaudí works, Palau Güell is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which means that the building is an important and protected location to visit thanks to its status.
Something pretty important about this place is the fact that Gaudí has most of his inspiration with oriental details. It began after looking at other architectural pieces that can be found in India, Persia, and Japan. But there were different mixes here; the Hispano-Islamic style is also present on Palau Güell, so it’s the perfect representation of Gaudí’s varied vision.
What will people see during their visit to Palau Güell?
We already mentioned some of the things that people can see while visiting Palau Güell. Even though the architectural style is important, other details are important to know before visiting it.
Thanks to Antoni Gaudí architecture´s vision, he decorated Palau in a pretty unique way. It is fair to remember that this place used to be a mansion where the main guests were from high society.
As this was one of the most important collaborations he made thanks to Eusebi Güell, he wanted to seek perfection. Therefore, we can see that the decoration was made with great detail; ceramics, mitral arches, exposed brick cartouches, amongst many other details.
The façade has three levels, and each one of them is meant to have a different use. All the façade was made with materials taken from Garraf, a place that was pretty important to Eusebi Güell back in the day. One of the most impressive decorations on the facade is the iron snakes forming the letters E and G, which stands for the industrial tycoon and owner, Mr. Eusebi Güell.
The façade is also pretty impressive when talking about size as it was designed not only for people to pass through by foot, but it was also meant to be used by those who wanted to get in with their horses or chariots.
If we take a look at the rooftop, we can see that Antoni Gaudí’s works are there as well. He changed the concept of the regular chimneys into real pieces of art through sculpture and colors. He meant to leave a special mark in everything he did on Palau Güell.
Is Palau Güell perfect to visit nowadays?
For those wondering where to tour in Barcelona, this is a place that can’t be missed. People who visit Palau Güell will be taken back to the past, to an era where things were different. Even though Palau has gone through some renovations, the style and decorations still have that special touch with which it was conceived.
So, if you are a tourist in Barcelona or looking for tourism ideas in Barcelona, Palau Güell is a must on your list.
In case you don’t know what Gaudi’s arts look like, check on our Insta and you will be amazed by so much fantasy.
Thanks so much for your time, I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I did while writing this post.
See you in my next post!
I´ll leave the map so you won’t get lost trying to get there on your own: