Pavellons de la Finca Güell–Càtedra Gaudí

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Pavellons de la Finca Güell–Càtedra Gaudí

Work on the Finca began in 1883 as an extension of Count Eusebi Güell's family estate. Gaudí, the count's architect of choice, was commissioned to do the gardens and the two entrance pavillions (1884–87); the rest of the project was never finished. The pavillions now belong to the University of Barcelona; the one on the right houses the Càtedra Gaudí, a Gaudí library and study center. The fierce wrought-iron dragon gate is Gaudí's reference to the Garden of the Hesperides, as described by national poet Jacint Verdaguer's epic poem L'Atlàntida (1877)—the Iliad of Catalonia's historic-mythic origins. The property is open for guided tours in English on weekends at 10:15 and 12:15. Admission is limited to 25 visitors: call ahead, or book on the Ruta del Modernisme website. (The Ruta is a walking tour covering 115 masterworks of the Moderniste period, including Gaudí, Domènech i Montaner, and Puig i Cadafalch. Pick up a guide—which includes a map and discounts for admission to many of the sites—here at the Pavellons.)

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