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Palau Güell


Antoni Gaudi




1905 to 1907


Art Nouveau 




Palau Güell

Front entrance allowed horse drawn carriages to enter the home through one door and exit through the other.The Palau Güell is a town mansion (translated literally a "palace") in Barcelona, Spain designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí for the Catalan industrial tycoon Eusebio de Güell.

It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Works of Antoni Gaudí".

The home is centered on a main room for entertaining high society guests. Guests entered the home in horse drawn carriages through the front iron gates, which featured a parabolic arch and intricate patterns of forged iron-work resembling seaweed and in some parts a horsewhip. Animals could be taken down a ramp and kept in the livery stable in the basement where the servants resided, while the guests went up the stairs to the receiving room. The ornate walls and ceilings of the receiving room disguised small viewing windows high on the walls where the owners of the home could view their guests from the upper floor and get a 'sneak peak' before greeting them, in case they needed to adjust their attire accordingly.

The main party room has a high ceiling with small holes near the top where lanterns were hung at night from the outside to give the appearance of a starlit sky.

As of 2005, Palau Güell is closed to the public due to renovations; some of the stone used in the original construction was weak and has cracked over the years causing structural problems within the building. The building is expected to re-open to visitors around October 2006.

It was used in Antonioni's film The Passenger as a backdrop for the first meeting between Jack Nicholson and Maria Schneider.

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