Palau Reial de Pedralbes
686 Avinguda Diagonal, Barcelona, Spain
932 02 75 01
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A palace designed by Gaudi Mar 28, 2008
Palau Reial de Pedralbes is a palace located in the northern part of Barcelona. It was designed by Antoni Gaudi around 1902 by order of the Guell family, but in 1926 the family gave the palace to the Spanish king, Alfonso XIII. During his reign, General Franco also stayed here if he was visiting Barcelona.
The palace is surrounded by beautiful gardens and fountains and the building has been very well preserved. It’s a bit ‘ordinary’ compared to Gaudi’s other work, but still very stylish.
Today the palace houses two museums, the Museo de Ceramica and the Museu de les Arts Decoratives. The Museo de Ceramica covers Spanish ceramic art from its Moorish beginnings through medieval work, up to recent work (including works from Miro and Picasso). The Museu de les Arts Decoratives exhibits household and design objects from medieval times through the Industrial Revolution and Spanish civil war up to contemporary design.
The exhibitions are interesting, but what is most striking is the extraordinary interior of the palace. The entrance, the stairwells and some rooms have remained unchanged and they are truly breathtaking.
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