Last Updated on November 22, 2020 by Christian Heide
The famous Catalan architect Gaudí was commissioned by Eusebio Guëll in 1886 with creating a mansion in the proximity of where the industrialists parents lived. This is why you can find the building in the Raval neighbourhood close to La Rambla.
It was this masterpiece, Palau Guëll, that helped Gaudí to become famous. In Eusebio Guëll he found a like minded visionary and together they would embark on joint projects like Park Guëll or Colonia Guëll. Guëll got to know Gaudí by coincidence. He had travelled to Paris to visit the World Trade Fair of 1878 where he was fascinated by a glass cabinet and asked for introduction to the man who made such a marvel. Back in Barcelona he met Gaudí and a friendship developed.
Gaudí created a Modernista gem
Palau Guëll resembles a medieval castle. You will enter the house by two large iron gates that served as the entrance for horse and carriage. With the main stairs leading up to the residence you are welcomed by a beautiful Catalan flag made of glass. References to Catalan symbols and history are all over the mansion. This is a main aspect of the art movement of Catalan Modernism (read more…). Revive the glorious past and revive the idea of an own national identity.
The center piece of the palace is the main hall. A large, multi-functional room with a cathedral like atmosphere where Guëll would receive his guests, concerts were held and that could easily be converted into a church for mass. All over you will see breathtaking details created by genius Gaudí.
While you walk through the whole palace the audio tour will introduce you to the family as well. You will be able to see the whole house – from stables to the roof top where the tour will end.
Palau Guëll is not as overrun by tourists like Casa Batlló or Casa Mila. This makes it a wonderful must see in Barcelona!
Things to do in Barcelona
What to do in Barcelona: The Barcelona Feeling offers a variety of private tours about Gaudí and Modernism.
Gaudí & Barcelona Legends is a two hours walking tour along the grand boulevard of Passeig de Gracia. Immerse with us into Catalan legends of the past that inspired architects like Gaudí and left an impact on the city. After the walk you will understand Modernism and will see the city different eyes.
This walking tour can be combined with a one hour Gaudí style mosaic workshop: During our experience Feel Like Gaudí you will learn about the architecture and have your personal hands-on experience to create your own souvenir in trencadís style, the technique Gaudí used. You will be able to take the souvenir home with you directly afterwards! A memory you will never forget.