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Palau Guell, Barcelona

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World heritage site · Architectural Building · Landmark
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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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  • Beautiful building right in the middle of La Rambla. The ticket costs €12. If you are in La Rambla area, it’s worth a visit. 
    Beautiful building right in the middle of La Rambla. The ticket costs €12. If you are in La Rambla area, it’s worth a visit.  more »
  • I stumbled across Palau Güell when I was exploring the area near my hotel upon arrival at Barcelona, having never visited Spain before. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but inside, it’s... 
    I stumbled across Palau Güell when I was exploring the area near my hotel upon arrival at Barcelona, having never visited Spain before. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but inside, it’s...  more »
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  • We had a great guided tour. it would have been better if the guide had a better microphone and sometimes I felt she was a bit in a hurry and was talking to herself so some room for improvement. Still impressive building with interesting history and architecture so we really recommend. The roof has great views
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