Palau Reial de Pedralbes

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Serving as a residence of the Spanish Royal Family from 1919 to 1931, when they visited the city, located in the district of Les Corts, this building is placed on the middle of an ample garden and houses nowadays the “Museu Tèxtili d’Indumentària”, “Museu de la Ceramica” and “Museu de les Arts Decoratives”.

With its origins in the old Masia de Can Feliu, from the 17th century, he corresponding land was acquired by the count Eusebi Güell in 1872 that at that time it was already known by the name of Torre Güell, along with the neighbouring Can Cuiàs de la Riera. The Can Feliu building was remodeled by the architect Joan Martorell i Montells, who built a small palace, on Caribbean-style,surrounded by magnificent gardens, together with a Gothic Revival-style chapel.

The building was given to Antoni Gaudí in 1887. Gaudí placed two fountains and a pergola and planted many Mediterranean plants. The Font d’Hércules who was been restored in 1983 still exists today on site. On top of a pillar with Catalonia’s shield It has a bust of Hercules and a spout in the shape of a Chinese dragon.

As a thank you for his noble title of Count given to him, in 1918, Eusebi Güell gave the house and garden to the Royal family. Then it was remodeled to become a royal palace. The work was done from 1919 to 1924 by the architects Eusebi Bona and Francesc Nebot.

The exterior facade is done in the Noucentisme movement style with Tuscan order columns forming two porches, with round arches and medallions and jars on the top. The interior goes from the Louis XIV furniture’s to contemporary, adapting many different style’s. Nicolau Maria Rubió i Tudurí designed the gardens.

In 1931 with the second Spanish Republic’s proclamation, it became property of the city government, which decided to make it a decorative arts museum, inaugurated in 1932.

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