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Gala-Dalí Castle - Púbol
The Gala - Dalí Castle in Púbol, open to the public since 1996, enables visitors to discover a mediaeval building in which Salvador Dalí unleashed all his creative power with a single person in mind: Gala; and with a single objective: to create a place of rest and refuge for his wife. However, between 1982 and 1984 Dalí turned the place into his last workshop and a mausoleum for his muse.
There is documentary evidence of the building dating all the way back to the 11th century but the basic structure of the present-day building, with three floors arranged around a high, narrow inner courtyard, dates from the golden age of the barony of Púbol in the second half of the 14th century and the turn of the 15th century.
When Dalí purchased the castle in 1969 it was in very poor condition with collapsed ceilings, large cracks and a garden run wild. However, this is what gave the place the romantic feel the couple were searching for, and which they strived to preserve in the restoration works that they commissioned. The ruinous exterior appearance was retained, without hiding the scars left by the passage of time. Dalí made very intelligent use of the semi-ruined walls and ceilings, creating unusual spaces of starkly contrasting dimensions. The interior decoration consisted of pictorial scenes on walls, false architectural features, fabrics in a Baroque style, antiques and romantic symbols, etc. The result is an enclosed, mysterious, private, austere and sober place, with beautiful rooms such as the former kitchen converted into a bathroom or the Piano Room.