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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Salvador Dali and Gala's Castle

Pubol Castle--The Gala Dali Castle House Museum:
Salvador Dali fell in love with the Russian wife of poet Paul Eluard while they all resided on the Costa Brava at Cadaques as guests of Dali. Dali and Gala ran off to Paris together and eventually married in the 30's (civil) and again (Catholic) 1958.
 Gala had one daughter with Paul.
 Dali had always promised Gala that one day he would buy a castle for her. His promise came true in the 1970's he bought the medieval Publo Castle in Pubol, Spain near Girona
Gala lived in this castle the rest of her life while Dali lived on the coast at Cadaques (he was raised there in his boyhood).  They kept in contact daily through phone calls. However, it was agreed upon, by the painter and Gala, that Dali could not visit the castle without prior written request and permission from Gala.  Gala was well known for having a strong sexual appetite and it is said that even up until her final years of life (88) she would arrange for young village men to come up to her castle regularly. 
There is no doubt though, that Dali adored her. Gala was the subject of many of his paintings, and after her death he drove her for one last time around the Pubol area in her Cadillac. 
He built her a throne in her castle and after Gala's death, Dali moved into the castle himself and would sit in the throne to greet guests. The area around Pubol castle is beautiful Northern Spain--sunshine and dry fields. It is rural and very quiet. 
Gala died in 1982 and Dali in 1989. She is entombed in the basement of the castle and Dali in Figueres in the basement of his own creation: The Dali Theatre-Museum.


My impression of the castle was that it would be great to live in such a place if one were a child with lots of siblings to hang out with. But as Gala lived in the castle (for the most part) as a single woman, I can understand why she only spent summers there. It is super quiet and civilization is quite far away. The winters might be rather boring---hence the young village men ;)


Peter and the Dali Castle church.
A farm across the field from Dali Castle.
Gala's throne--built by Dali. After her death, Dali would sit on it to greet guests.
Gala's kitchen.
The dining room with the egg shaped fire place. Dali loved the egg shape.
The living room. The coffee table, by Dali, is glassed topped and reveals the floor below and a taxidermic horse standing in the room.
Gala's bath. Note the lovely patterns on the tiles--Catalan is famous for their ceramics.
A view of the teeny-tiny little township surrounding the castle.
Gala's tomb in the basement of the castle. Picture quality is poor as there was almost no light and no flash allowed.
Peter in Gala's garden--the sculpture is by Dali.
Peter outside of Dali Castle.
The sunflower field below the castle.
The castle terrace overlooking the sunflowers.
The castle front entrance.
The tile house sign on the Gala's castle. All homes in Spain have a tile sign announcing the residents.
In the church yard beside the castle.

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