On the GoCar Barcelona Discover Gaudi route, between the Monastery of Pedralbes and F.C. Barcelona's Camp Nou, you will find the latest of the Catalan architect's buildings to be opened for to the public to explore, the Gaudi Guell Pavilions.
The Gaudi 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!
Gaudi Guell Pavilions - Entrance Information
Open daily from 10.00 to 16.00
4€ for adults and 2€ for children