Casa Batllo is one of Barcelona’s biggest landmarks and one of Gaudí’s most famous works. 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.
The ondulating facade, as well as the colorful crowning, resembles a dragon, representing the story of Saint George, Patron Saint of Catalonia.
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. Without a doubt, is a true example of the Modernista movement.
Visiting Casa Batllo
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. This technique, called Trencadís, was used massively by Gaudi in most of his works. For example, you can find it also in the Park Güell benches.
As a result, 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.
The visit features a smart guide, an innovation that will reveal more secrets of Casa Battló. Look at the screen’s tablet and you’ll see a 3D realistic reconstruction of the house the way Gaudi originally designed it.
In conclusion, Casa Batllo is a fascinating experience you cannot miss in Barcelona.
Casa Batlló Tickets
Click here for the Casa Batlló ticket with Smart Guide
Entrance to Casa Batlló is included free with the Barcelona Pass, a tourist card that features free entrance to more than 20 top attractions.
Opening Hours and location
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