La Pedrera

Gracing one of the most distinguished corners of the stylish Passeig de Gràcia is La Pedrera building, also known as Casa Milá, one of the most famous icons of Barcelona. Built and designed by Antoni Gaudí in 1912, one of the first figures and driving forces behind the modernista movement.

Visiting Casa Milá Barcelona

Casa Milá Barcelona includes a visit to several parts of the building including the ground floor, a breathtaking apartment with views to Passeig de Gràcia, (completely furnished with the original designs) and the attic which hosts a wonderful museum about Gaudí’s innovations in architecture.

But perhaps the most stunning place of all is La Pedrera rooftop. What any other architect would have probably overlooked and left as a place made only for ventilation shafts and chimneys, Gaudí took it to another level and created a fantastic fairy-tale setting  featuring the best city views in all of Barcelona.

Over 30 chimneys decorate the rooftop, some resembling warrior helmets while others bring to mind nature-like forms like treetops and other abstract forms. The multi leveled, sinuous terrace is the place to look forward, especially at sunset, when the city lights up it’s the best spot to have your photo taken with the Barcelona skyline as your backdrop.

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La Pedrera

La Pedrera History

With the Modernista movement bursting in the architectural scene and the development of a new upper class, street intersections in Barcelona became the gallery for the new designs of this huge artistic movement.

At the time of its conception, La Pedrera building was considered a highly controversial design, featuring an ondulating facade and plenty of wrought iron ornaments in balconies, simulating the waves of the sea.

It served also as a test for several technological innovations, such as an underground parking lot and separated sets of lifts for residents and servants.

Over time the building gradually started to look deteriorated due to complete abandonment. It wasn’t until the UNESCO declared it World Heritage in the 1980’s and a private foundation took over and turned it into a museum, that La Pedrera started to look like its former glory days.

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La Pedrera Opening hours:

  • November to February: from 9:00 to 18:30 (Monday through Sunday, last admission at 18:00)
  • March to October: from 9:00 to 20:00 (Monday through Sunday, last admission at 19:30)

Address

Metro Lines 3 y 5. Diagonal Station
Buses: 7, 16, 17, 22
Address: Provença 261

La Pedrera Map

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