Casa Batlló – Barcelona, Spain
The colorful Casa Batlló, a remodeled nineteenth century building, is one of Gaudí's many masterpieces which you can see dotted around Barcelona. Its unique interior is just as extraordinary as its exterior. This building is one of the two on Passeig de Gràcia designed by the iconic architect. This work was done for Josep Batlló, a wealthy aristocrat of the textile industry. Batlló lived in the lower two floors with his family and the upper floors were rented out as apartments. Looking at the façade of Casa Batlló with its curvilinear undulations it seems like it has been made from skulls and bones. However, the "skulls" are in fact twisted balcony railings and the "bones" are pillars supporting the building.
The architect used colours and shapes found in marine life as inspiration for his creativity in this building. The colours chosen for the façade are those found in natural coral.
The house was originally built between 1875 and 1877. In 1900 it was bought by Josep Battló i Casanovas who asked Gaudí to tear down the house and reconstruct a new one. Appreciating its potential Gaudí convinced Battló to remodel the existing building, and between 1904 and 1906 Gaudí redesigned the facade and roof, added an extra floor and completely remodeled the interior.
Opening hours and ticket prices
Casa Batllo is open from 9am to 9pm. Entry costs 20.35 euros, and it is highly recommended to buy your tickets online if you want to avoid large queues, as with all of Gaudi’s works, it attracts many tourists.
The tour covers the main floor (former residence of the Batlló family), the attic (the old storage rooms and laundries), roof and chimney (where the famous Dragon Backbone defeated by Sant Jordi) and draws attention to the patio lights.
Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 43
Metro: "Passeig de Gràcia" (Green Line, L3)
Calle Aragó-Rambla Catalunya exit. Casa Batlló is only 30 seconds walk from the metro stop. Take exit Calle Aragó-Rambla Catalunya when leaving the metro.
Official website: www.casabatllo.es
To know more about Gaudí and his work, please follow this link.
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