The Palau Güell, an urban residence built between 1886 and 1890 for the family of Eusebi Güell Bacigalupi, is located at Carrer Nou de la Rambla. It is the first large scale work by Antoni Gaudí which uses new ideas in construction coupled with an innovative interpretation of historical styles. In this case, Gaudí drew upon the Gothic and Moorish in a splendid combination of the creative and unusual. This construction belongs to the orientalist stage of the brilliant Catalan architect, a stage in which Gaudí carries out several works inspired by the art of the Near and Far East (India, Persia, Japan), and in Hispanic Islamic art.
The Palau Güell, in addition to its aesthetic interest, also stands out for its innovative conception of space and light. Gaudí created exceptional expressive forms, using traditional noble materials such as stone, wood, wrought iron, glass, ceramics and others).
This building, located in the quarter of El Raval, was declared a historical-artistic monument by the Spanish State in 1969, a cultural asset of national interest, and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984. As one of his first important works, it contains the essence of the later work by Gaudí and it is essential to visit it to understand his architecture.
Palau Güell opening hours 2023
- From April 1 to September 30: from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (last admission at 7:00 p.m.).
- From October 1 to March 31: from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (last admission at 4:30 p.m.).
- Closed: non-holiday Mondays, December 25 and 26, January 1 and 6 and the third week of January (for maintenance).
- General admission: €12.00
- Reduced ticket: €9.00 (students over 18 and over 65 from the EU)
- Mini ticket: €5.00 (children and young people from 10 to 17 years old)
- Free admission: unemployed residents in Spain and children under 10 years old
- Open days (€3.00): first Sunday of each month, February 12, April 23, September 11, September 24 and December 15.