Casa Batllo is one of Barcelona’s biggest landmarks. If buildings could be celebrities, there would be a perpetual red carpet in front of it. The remarkable facade it’s the most prominent feature and it has been subject to many interpretations.
Casa Batllo History
Originally, Gaudí didn’t build Casa Batlló. He was hired to redesign the late 1800’s building in 1904, and the result was one of his most emblematic works in Barcelona along the Sagrada Familia.
The building was transformed into one that hardly resembles the original. Animal and nature forms inspired the facade of Casa Batlló. For example, the skull shape of the balconies.
Also, the ondulating facade, as well as the colorful crowning resembles a dragon, one that represents the story of the Saint George, Patron Saint of Catalonia.
In conclusion, Gaudí gave Casa Batllo the treatment he gave to all his works: an outstanding design full of imagination, making it one of the most visited monuments in the city, a truly example of the Modernista movement.
Visiting Casa Batllo
Casa Batlló videoguide
As beautiful as is the outside, you must schedule a visit to the interior to witness the most original and jaw-dropping architecture.
To begin with, a good part of the outside is covered with bits and pieces of broken and multicolored ceramic tiles, a technique called Trencadís, which was used massively by Gaudi in most of his works, visible for example in the Park Güell benches.
Thus, an interesting effect is created when direct sunlight hits the building, as the tiles shift through different shades of colors along with the stained glass windows.
Don’t forget to ask for the new videoguide, an innovation that will reveal more secrets of Casa Battlo. Look at the screen’s tablet and you’ll see a 3D realistic reconstruction of the house the way Gaudi originally designed it. More information here.
Monday to Sunday from 9:00 hours to 21:00 hours (last entrance at 20:00)
Metro Line 3: Passeig de Gràcia Station
Bus: 22, 24, 28
Address: Passeig de Gràcia 43
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Photo: Casa Batlló by marimbajlamesa. CC BY-ND 2.0
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