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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Return to Barcelona 2017! Palau Guell


Another place I did not visit last year but very much wanted to, was Palau Guell, one of Antoni Gaudi's early works. It's located in the Raval district not far from Las Ramblas, but to be perfectly honest, I couldn't find it! But along with Helena, we managed to locate it and enjoyed the group tour we joined there. According to the site Barcelona.de ;

"Gaudí was commissioned in 1885 by his patron, the industrialist Eusebi Güell i Bacigalupi, to design a city palace. Constructions began in October 1886. The world exhibition in 1888 was the opening of the palace, although the work continued. The striking, and for Gaudí typical chimneys, were installed on the roof in 1895. Altogether there are 20 chimneys on the roof, which also serve to ventilate the house.

The Palau Güell was supposed to become a multipurpose building, with apartments, event and exhibition spaces. There were just 18x22 metres of floor space available to build a magnificent and functional palace. The task was brilliantly solved by Gaudí, he created one of the most magnificent buildings of the ModernismHowever, Gaudí not only built houses, but he was also a designer and decorated the house with impressive ironwork, woodwork, ceramics, stained glass and stonework." (to read more, visit https://www.barcelona.de/en/barcelona-palau-guell.html)

Here's my photo essay which I trust needs no further explanation, but to invite you to enjoy the magnicence that is Palau Guell!




































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