Palau Güell’s arches

29 May
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Ceiling arches

For more than five years I lived just one block away from Palau Güell, but as it was closed for restauration, I was never able to visit it. That changed a couple of weeks ago, when I accompanied a visiting friend to see it, and wow was I blown away! I took way too many photos to cram into one post, so I will share them with you in installments, starting with Palau Güell’s arches today. Enjoy!

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Window arches

Because arches there are, and many, at Palau Güell – Gaudí’s trademark parabolic arch (above), but also other types of arches, such as the Catalan ‘golfes’ or vaulted ceiling arches, and also a more traditional, flatter type of arch, which can be found in the basement. The most impressive set of arches, can be found at the top of the building where a domed ceiling (top image) crowns Palau Güell and is joined by other arches that support it.

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Polished

The various arches were constructed in different materials, from the humble brick (below) to a beautifully polished, variegated sandstone (above), but each one is just as impressive as the next, and offers a wonderful sense of height and space, and also allows a lot of light to enter.

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Brick

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Ceramic

Ceramic tiles (and water spouts) were also used, both for the arches that decorate (and drain rainwater) the slatted windows at the back of the palace, as for the ‘golfes’ (vaulted ceilings) in the attic, and to decorate the beautiful domed ceiling, which I showed you earlier.

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Golfes (vaulted arches)

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Vaulted skylights

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Patio arch

In the basement the humble brick was used to create the parabolic arches that offer access to the patio (above), and also for the more traditional and flatter arches used for the livery stables (below). But humble as they might be, to think that these arches are some of the elements that support the whole palace (and were created more than 100 years ago) is pretty impressive, wouldn’t you agree? I found Palau Güell’s arches delightful, and I hope you like them too!

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Basement

For more information and opening times, etc. please check the Palau’s website here.

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