Gaudí dedicated his life to his original vision of architecture and Eusebi Güell gave him the first means to make such an eccentric type of architecture into a reality. In 1883 Güell wanted to extend the estate that his father had bought and Gaudí was commissioned to carry out parts of this project, under the direction of Joan Martorell Gaudí designed the gatehouses and garden of the entrance to the estate from the old Sarrià road. In the late 19th century, the estate was mainly used as summer residence by the Güells, though its crops still provided some profit.
For this job, Gaudí took inspiration from the Garden of the Hesperides as depicted by Jacint Verdaguer in his great epic poem L’Atlàntida. Verdaguer had dedicated this work -a sort of Catalan remake of Greek myths- to Güell’s father-in-law, the Marquis of Comillas, and had in fact finished writing the book on a stay in this very estate. The entrance features the striking Dragon Gate, a five-metre wrought iron sculpture that symbolises the mythological dragon of Verdaguer, with bat’s wings, a scaly body, great fangs and a sinuous tongue. The beast is not challenging Saint George here, but Hercules, as Verdaguer blended Catalan symbols with the classic references to produce his own images.
The Güell Paviolions are located in Avinguda de Pedralbes, 7, from our Bed and Breakfast, you can arrive easily by public transportation.
Open only for guided visits the Saturdays and Sundays at 10:15hs and 12:15hs .
You can find all the information about this tour in www.rutadelmodernisme.com
The price is 6,00€