Yesterday’s wanderings took me by Palau Guell, or “Guell Palace,” just off La Rambla, so I decided to duck in for a tour. Built by Antoni Gaudi in the late 19th century for his friend and patron, the Catalan industrialist Eusebi Guell, the building is an impressive example of Modernista architecture and one of many Gaudi works in the city.
My favorite part of the building is the rooftop terrace, which offers spectacular views from its undulating surface. It also features twenty chimneys, no two of which are alike: each a work of art of its own. At once fanciful and practical, which is my overall impression of Gaudi’s style.
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