Not considered one of his most famous works, Gaudi's Palau Guell often goes unnoticed by tourists despite it's central location on Nou de La Rambla, just off Las Ramblas itself. Whereas the grey Venetian style facade doesn't grab the eye in quite the same way as La Pedrera or Casa Battlo for example, fans of architecture will be impressed by the building's austere beauty and the intricate ironwork on the parabolic gates. And of course, as you might expect from a Palace built for the illustrious businessman Eusebi Guell, the inside is full of lavish delights. Guests aren't permitted to wander at leisure due to restoration works, but the the basement and part of the
ground floor are open to the public and make for interesting viewing. Unfortunately the rooftop with Senor Gaudi's trademark trencadis-covered chimneys is out of bounds for now. Far from being the only building in Barcelona which Eusebi commissioned from Antoni, the two worked on many other projects including the unique Park Guell.
Nearly the entire palace is open to the public - including the roof. You will regret missing this place. It's uncrowded and has been beautifully resorted. Sagrada Familia is spectacular for its size and history, but Guell Palace is equally spectacular for its attention to detail and glimpse into the lifestyle of Spain's most famous industrialist and Gaudi's biggest supporter.
reviewed by SJT from United States on Sep.06.2012