While roaming famous La Rambla, don’t forget to turn towards Carrer Nou de la Rambla to admire one of Gaudí’s lesser known masterpieces – Palau Güell . The palace was closed for almost seven years, and did not quite regain the same fame as the rest of the maestro’s creations.
The Neo-Gothic mansion, built for the industrial magnate Eusebi Güell in the late 1880s, features a blend of styles and materials, with typical Gaudí tiles mosaics, twisted corridors and whimsical designs of chimney pots – however, unlike architect’s later works, Palau Güell, is oddly dim.
The façade is particularly striking for a large wrought-iron gate, which in the older times allowed direct access to the stables of the carriages. Spiral stairs lead to the basement floor, with stables and sleeping quarters for servants. The upper floor was where Gaudí let his imagination fly – with parabolic dome forms the roof, and excellent acoustics and abundance of natural light; ceramic, glass and wood décor elements, all designed by the master itself. The palace is crowned with spectacular ample roof terrace, and twenty chimney pots adorned with colorful tiles.
Metro: Liceu (line 3)
Bus lines: 14, 59, 91 and 120