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Pedralbes Palace.

Built in the 1910s as the palatial estate of Count Eusebi Güell -- one of Gaudí's most important patrons -- this mansion was transformed into a royal palace by architect Eusebi Bona i Puig and completed in 1929.

King Alfonso XIII, grandfather of Spanish king Juan Carlos I, visited the palace in the mid 1920s before its completion. In 1931, during the Second Spanish Republic, the palace became the property of the municipal government, and it was converted to a decorative arts museum in 1932. In 1936 the rambling, elegant country-manor-house palace was used as the official residence of Manuel Azaña, last president of the Spanish Republic.

Today the palace houses both the Museu de les Arts Decoratives and the Museu de la Ceràmica. The collection of decorative arts includes palace furniture and antiques from the 15th through 20th centuries, while the ceramics display covers Spanish ceramic art from the 12th century to the present, as well as ceramics by contemporary artists. The influence of Moorish design techniques in Spanish ceramics and decorative arts is carefully documented in a separate display.

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You might like to check the WS for a 'complete' picture of this gorgeous chandelier.

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