Only opened to the public this year. The Guell Pavilions are a stable and three small gatehouses. The land owned by Eusabi Guell orginally featured a Caribbean style mansion designed by one of Gaudi’s teachers, architect Joan Matorell i Montells. Gaudi was commissioned to remodel the house, garden and put up a perimeter wall with gates.
Hitting upon an Oriental theme, Gaudi planned an ashlar wall with several gates. In a convoluted homage to Guell’s brother-in-law, Antonio Lopez y Lopez (who had had a reading of L’Atlantida by the famous Catalan poet Jacint Verdageur dedicated to him) built a dragon into the main gate. This mythical beast represented Ladon, son of Typhus, the dragon who guarded the Garden of the Hesperides whom Hercules killed as one of his ‘twelve labours’ and features in the aforementioned L’Atlantida. (did I mention it was convoluted)
Although the house was never built, the garden exists, into which the Catalan master popped two fountains, a pergola and apparently picked out some of the plants!
It really is just for Gaudi fanatics this one. Currently, inside you can only visit the stable and the smallish garden and the you can see the rest from outside for free.
Some will feel it is not worth the entrance fee at the moment, unless you view it as a ‘donation’ to help restore the site like I did.
Entrance – 4.00€ Adults
Entrance – 2.00€ Children
Under 6yrs are free.
BUY TICKETS AT THE ENTRANCE - Avinguda de Pedralbes, 7.
Open Daily from 10.00 – 16.00
Closed January 1st & 6th, December 25th & 26th
How To Get There
Metro – Line 3 (Green) Station Palau Reial
Tram – T1/T2/T3 Station Pius XII
GoCar, Tourist Bus, Taxi