Pubol Castle or Castle Galá – Salvador Dali
Pubol Castle or Galá Salvador Dali Castle
This is a medieval castle of the XI century, which is located in the village of the same name Pubol. In the northeast in Catalonia. Not far from the French border. The first mention of the castle dates back to 1056. For several centuries, it was owned by members of the baronial families.
- This castle is famous for the fact that its last owners were the famous artist Salvador Dali.
- Where the scandalous muse of the twentieth century lived, his wife Gala (Elena Dyakova), who was a muse for the artist. Inspiring him to art.
- Since 1996, there has been a museum dedicated to this famous couple.
- Salvador Dali bought this building in 1968, remembering his promise to his wife, Gala. Which he gave at the beginning of their passionate romance.
- At that time, the castle was in an abandoned state. In some places, some of the ceilings collapsed. But in spite of everything, the extravagant artist liked it very much.
- For the restoration, he invited his friend Emile Pigno. But he set the main condition, to preserve the appearance of the building. The restoration work only affected the interior.
- Then the very decoration of the rooms was done by Salvador himself.
- Pubol Castle has become a place of seclusion for the 74 year old Gala.
- And in the future, by their agreement, the artist could visit her only with written permission.
- Where Gala began to spend more time surrounded by young lovers in Pubol. She showered them with money and gifts.
- In 1982, Gala fell unsuccessfully, breaking her hip. Then Dali took her to Port Legat and carefully looked after her there.
- The artist’s muse died on June 10, 1982. And according to the will of Gala Dali, he was supposed to bury her in the Pubol castle.
- And the brilliant spouse had to take part in the hoax again at the last one in order to transport the dead body to the castle.
- According to Spanish law, it was forbidden to transport a dead body over such a long distance.
- So Dali breaks the ban and puts on her deceased wife her favorite red Dior dress. Big sunglasses. Then he sat down as alive in the back seat of the “Cadillac” and took her to their family crypt in the castle, where she was buried.
- In the same garage, you can see the same Cadillac car in which Dali transported his late wife to the castle.
- Viewing begins in the courtyard. Interesting garden with a pond.
Decorated with busts of Wagner, Dali’s favorite composer.
- Where eccentric figures of elephants, horse, giraffe and others are installed.
- The rooms in the castle are spread over three floors, with three wings of the building surrounding a high and narrow courtyard.
- The whitewashed walls of the rooms and the gold taps in the bathroom, each feature a G, hinting at belonging to Gala.
- The sights of the castle include: The hall of arms with symbols of ancient families and tone on the pedestal.
- Where Gala’s dressing table remained untouched and her bathroom and kitchen were preserved.
- There are many photographs of the couple in the castle.
- And paintings, the last painting of the master called “The Cello and the Dovetail”. Which remained incomplete.
- Above, in the attic, you can see an exhibition of Gala’s wardrobe.
- And in the basement of the castle, where the dim light and low semicircular vaults are located there is a tomb, where only one Gala is buried.
For Salvador Dali, the death of Gaza shocked, after which he lived for two years in seclusion and surrounded by the things of Gala.
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