One of Gaudi's master pieces
19 May 2013 Price range : 25 - 50 USD
Casa Batlló is one of Antonio's Gaudi masterpieces located in the heart of Barcelona, along Casa Milà, the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guel, and became one of the cities …More
Casa Batlló is one of Antonio's Gaudi masterpieces located in the heart of Barcelona, along Casa Milà, the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guel, and became one of the cities icons, and was added on the UNESCO world heritage list.

You cannot miss it while doing the visit of Eixample neighborhood where you will find the Modernism route.
And if you are like me, a Gaudi fan, it is definitly a must to visit this amazing building, which still looks futuristic despite having more than 100 years.

Casa Batlló is a remodel of a house built in the 1870s and redesigned between 1904 and 1906 by Gaudí and Josep Maria Jujol and has been refurbished several times after that by Gaudí's assistants Domènec Sugrañes i Gras, Josep Canaleta and Joan Rubió.

The local name for the building is Casa dels ossos (House of Bones), as suggests de forms on the façade, as well as several elements in the inside. It was originally designed for a middle-class family and situated in a prosperous district of Barcelona.

The building is as remarkable from the inside as from the outside, and you can measure the creativity and inspirations of Gaudi, as shown in some of the attached pictures.

It seems that the goal of the designer was to avoid straight lines completely. Much of the façade is decorated with a mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles (trencadís) that starts in shades of golden orange moving into greenish blues. The roof is arched and was likened to the back of a dragon or dinosaur. A common theory about the building is that the rounded feature to the left of centre, terminating at the top in a turret and cross, represents the lance of Saint George (patron saint of Catalonia, Gaudí's home), which has been plunged into the back of the dragon.

Visiting tips:
You can buy the tickets online on the official page of the house.
From time to time, something may happen to affect opening times for Cultural Visits, leading on rare occasions to a planned closure at 2.00 pm. Better check the calendar on the official website to be sure that the building is not temporarily closed by following this LINK.
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