Palau Güell (Güell Palace) is a building designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi for his rich patron, Eusebi Güell i Bacigalupi. It is situated in the old city of Barcelona near El Raval and La Rambla, and it is within walking distance from Museu de Cera (Wax Museum) and Gran Teatre del Liceu (Opera House Liceu).
Palau Güell is the first work that Gaudi designed for Güell and it helped the architect to become famous since he got an unlimited budget despite he was an inexperienced artist.
The palace was built between the years 1885 and 1889. Similar to many other historic buildings in Barcelona, it was damaged seriously during the Spanish Civil War during which it served as a rebel basis.
What do you see in Palau Güell?
Like all of the buildings designed by Gaudi, Palau Güell was built in the Modernista style. The construction contains the first version of Gaudi’s many motifs, such as neo-Gothic arches, animal symbols, strange chimneys and symbols from the ancient Catalan mythology. These motifs and the construction materials, like marble and wood, are repeating themselves in other works of Gaudi like La Pedrera – Casa Milà and Casa Batlló.