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Palau Guell by Gaudi -- beautifully restored

Updated 1136 GMT (1936 HKT) October 15, 2012
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This piece about the Palau Guell in Barcelona is taken from Grand Tour magazine, a new travel magazine produced by an international team with a passion for architecture. Photography by Diego Ferrari. The reception hall at the heart of the building is capped by a parabolic dome, which plays an important role in the acoustical properties of the building. It is pierced by an oculus in the middle and small round windows letting natural light penetrate through into the hall. © Diego Ferrari/Grand Tour Magazine Diego Ferrari/Grand Tour magazine
The amazing attention to detail in the craftsmanship is reminiscent of Islamic architectural styles, where patterns flow uniting different spaces. These wooden screens divide, while also allowing transparency on the main floor.© Diego Ferrari/Grand Tour Magazine Diego Ferrari/Grand Tour magazine
No expense or effort was spared when the designs for Palau Guell were created. Beautifully crafted oak panels, highlighted with gold leaf, cover the lower part of the walls in the visitor's hall. The palace interior is a real showcase of Catalan craftsmanship. © Diego Ferrari/Grand Tour Magazine Diego Ferrari/Grand Tour magazine
On the main floor the ceiling is constructed with an elaborate panelling, crafted from eucalyptus and cypress trees. On the sides huge stone columns separate the windows from the main space, acting like a sculptural curtain wall.© Diego Ferrari/Grand Tour Magazine Diego Ferrari/Grand Tour magazine
A view from the mezzanine floor behind the beautiful railing made of rosewood with inlaid patterns of ebony. This was one the balconies where the orchestra played during the many concerts organised in the palace. Below metal-plated doors are open to an in-built altar for religious ceremonies. © Diego Ferrari/Grand Tour Magazine© 2012 Grand Tour Magazine. All rights reserved. Diego Ferrari/Grand Tour magazine