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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$43 BOOK WITH VIATOR Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Barcelona Private Tour
Duration: 3 hours
$197 BOOK WITH VIATOR The Most Complete Full Day Private Tour with Sagrada Familia and Park Guell
Duration: 6 hours
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$52 BOOK WITH VIATOR Family Private Walking Tour: Churros, Hot Chocolate & Games in Barcelona
Duration: 3 hours
$58 BOOK WITH VIATOR Barcelona Highlights and Secrets. Private Tour with a tapa & drink included
Duration: 3 hours
$76 BOOK WITH VIATOR Gaudi Bike Tour with Skip-the-Line Sagrada Familia Ticket
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Palau Guell reviews
Guell family had so much money that Antonio Gaudi was able to implement his most virtuozo ideas. Loved terrace with colourful chimneys, great sound of organ and piano. Take a guided tour, you would...
Guell family had so much money that Antonio Gaudi was able to implement his most virtuozo ideas. Loved terrace with colourful chimneys, great sound of organ and piano. Take a guided tour, you would... more »
Incredible gothic, darkish and heavy architecture Ticket cheaper than Casa Batlo and Casa Merce Well worth a visit, ensure you get the audio guide-
Incredible gothic, darkish and heavy architecture Ticket cheaper than Casa Batlo and Casa Merce Well worth a visit, ensure you get the audio guide- 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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