Pavellons de la finca Güell
Eusebi Güell’s desire to extend his family’s holiday home in Barcelona resulted in Antoni Gaudí‘s first commission from the man who would become his main patron. Gaudí worked on the project from 1884 to 1887, relandscaping the garden and building the two gatehouses, which were intended to be the caretaker’s house and the stables. The perfect synthesis of innovation and decorative craftsmanship comes to life in both buildings and the magnificent wrought-iron gate in the shape of a dragon, that connects them.
Güell Estate’s gatehouses have a stone base and brick parabolic arches with bright ceramic decorations in geometric shapes. On one side of the gate, a turret, crowned by plant motifs, features a medallion bearing the initial of the owner of the estate. And, in the centre, the dragon on the gate spreads its menacing bat-like wings, its forked tongue visible in its gaping maws. It represents the mythical dragon from the Garden of the Hesperides, which commemorates Hercules’ daring feat which was captured so skilfully by the Catalan renaixentista poet Jacint Verdaguer in his epic work L’Atlàntida.
The Modernista visit of the old Finca Güell from Antoni Gaudí includes the period machinery and construction tools used by Gaudí, as well as the spectacular crane utilized for the construction of the building of Casa Milà (La Pedrera), and Modernisme and Society and the documentary about the Art Nouveau movement and its relationship with society at the turn of the twentieth century. Timetables may vary.
Accommodation and access to Pavellons Finca Güell