Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 3 Barcelona.
Present condition: Outside
/ Inside. The Palace is now in restoration process. Consequently
only the ground floor and the basement are opened to visit.
to go to: Metro: L3, (underground station Liceu)
Buses: 14, 59, 91, 120
The Palace is in restoration process. From 1 June 2010 until April
2011, it will be closed.
Visits, timings, prices and other information can vary,
please verify it previously.
Visits are not possible during the restauration process.
Information: Phone: (34) 93 317 39 74 and
(34) 93 317 39 78.
Fax: (34) 93 317 37 79
Ruta del Modernisme
This building, one of the most luxurious of Barcelona, was commissioned by
Eusebi Güell i Bacigalupi (Count of Güell, textile industrialist and
marquis's of Comillas son-in-law -see right portrait-) to
Gaudí i Cornet who started the project around 1880 and signed it in
This palace that gets up close to the Ramblas, in an area that in
the center of Barcelona, it is a house among other buildings and placed
with a side leaned against another house also property of the Güell
The construction was developed between 1886 and 1888, date mentioned on
the high part of the facade, although the decoration would not finish
The family Güell lived in this house from 1888, some of the receptions
and other protocol activities of the 1888 Universal Exhibition in
Barcelona, taking place in its living rooms.
The palace was the Güell residence, although the center of the city has
left transferring during these years to the Passeig de Gracia and the
new urban areas, until in 1910 the count abandons the building to live in
a house he acquired inside the enclosure of the Park
Güell in the high part of Barcelona, project that Gaudí also carried
out for him at that time.
From that moment, the palace was inhabited by the count's daughter Mercé
Güell up to 1945 in which the palace was sold to the Diputació de
Barcelona (Provincial government of Barcelona). That institution
installed in it, the Museum of Scenic Art.
Between 1974 and 1976, this institution carried out some changes in the
building, restoring the first plant, to allow its opening to the public.
The last general restoration of the building, directed by Antoni González
Moreno begins in 1983 and it concludes in 1997. This restoration includes
a reinterpretation, in charge of diverse artists, of the chimneys and
vents of the roof, where only one chimney is conserved with the original
trencadis of Gaudí.
The Palau Güell was declared by the UNESCO a Human Heritage in the year
This palace residence
of the Güell family, was built with the biggest quality materials,
basically in stone recovered with marble and decorated with the most
delicate furniture and artistic objects. The building has a
practically square plant and the distribution changes in each floor,
from the basement - old stables - to the loft,
to adapt it to their specific functions.
The exterior shows a main facade with a very
sober aspect, built in stone of clear gray color coming from the
count's quarries in Garraf - to about 30 kilometers from the south
of Barcelona -. Their two doors located in the center - with
the owner initials E and G in wrought iron in their superior part -
they also present among them a shield of Catalonia in wrought iron.
In the first plant a run tribune almost embraces the whole width of
In upper plants the façade becomes plane and it culminates with
some small triangular frontons of staggered border on those the
conical ends of chimneys or vents are located.
The back façade also of great
sobriety, presents an original design based on a tribune with wooden
Venetian blinds and adorned with a beautiful ceramic, on first floor
and in the second floor it is a balcony decorated with a surprising
The interior surprises for it splendid
decoration with lots of elements of luxurious aspect reflecting the
good taste and the architect's originality at the same time - Gaudí
designed diverse elements of the furniture, the illumination and the
windows - and the building owners, even in a time with a much more
pompous aesthetics that the considered acceptable today.
The luxurious decoration includes marble columns, roofs covered with
beautiful wood, furniture and marquetry.
The most interesting piece is the surprising central living room
crowned by a parabolic dome surpassing the roof in conic form. The
ceiling of that lounge is perforated by circles that, under the
daylight, give it, from the interior, a planetarium appearance.
We also find in this room a small chapel embedded in the wall and a
numberless of ornamental elements.
The whole building is organized around this central piece.
The roof with its chimneys and conical vents
remembering small fir trees, probably represents one of the first
sketches - but already the work of a great master - of what would
reach the perfection, as functional and ornamental element at the
same time, with the warriors of the roof of La
In this work, Gaudí used the "trencadis" for the first
time (lining of surfaces with irregular mosaic fragments, that later
was broadly used in the Modernisme -Catalan Art
of Gaudí in the construction of the building:
Francesc Berenguer i Mestres
Camil Oliveras Gensana (Dining
Pujol i Bausis
Francesc Vidal i Jevellí
Decorator in wood
Torres Ferreria i Construccions
Taller Badía Germans
Painter and decorator
Aleix Clapés i Puig
Organ of the chapel
Rosend Nobas i Ballbé (Bust of J. Güell
Alexandre de Riquer i Ynglada
Ramon Tusquets i Maignon
Out: Front side
Back side *
Basement, courtyard and ground floor *
Public areas: *
Private areas: *
under the authorization of Diputació de Barcelona
works of Gaudí:
Bibliography on Palau Güell
del Modernisme a l'Eixample
de Nou Art Thor
de Nou Art Thor
l'home i l'obra
J / Llimargas, M
Quadrat d'Or. Centre de la Barcelona modernista
modernista en Cataluña
passeig per la Barcelona modernista
Ll / Levick,M.
Art i Técnica (CD-Rom)
In La Pobla de
path (1st mystery of Glory)
Santa Coloma de Cervelló:
Botines House (León)
Episcopal Palace (Astorga)