This building built between 1904 and 1906 is a fantastic combination of colors and forms located on Passeig de Gràcia of Barcelona, on the island of houses known as the "block of discord", because of the buildings of different architectural styles. Initially its owner, Josep Batllo, wanted to demolish the building, but in May 1904 he asked the City Council for a total reform of the house. Over the time, The Casa Batllo was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1969, a Cultural Interest by the Generalitat of Catalonia in 1987, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005 and has received other major national and international awards. This emblematic building of Catalan modernism has become a myth of art, architecture and universal design of all time and is visited every year by about 1 million people.
Casa Batlló has been recognized as the Best Monument in the World at the Remarkable Venue Awards 2021 organized by the cultural ticket sales platform Tiqets.
Visiting Casa Batlló: what you should look at
When you visit Casa Batlló, think first that it is one of Antoni Gaudí's masterpieces and that it is a reflection of his artistic fulfillment. This work belongs to its naturalist stage, a period of great creative freedom that was inspired by the forms of nature, but always performing deep analysis in geometry. Casa Batlló is also an allegory of the legend of Sant Jordi, the knight who defeated the dragon to save the princess. On the facade and inside you can contemplate elements that explain the legend: on the roof, for example, you can see how the spine of the dragon represented in the ceramic tiles in the form of scales, is crossed by the four-armed cross that evokes the sword of Sant Jordi. And just below the dragon you will see a flower-shaped balcony that symbolizes the princess's balcony. If we continue going down we will see that the balconies are shaped like skulls, which would be the victims of the dragon and the columns of the tribune that would be the bones. Inside you will see a staircase reminiscent of the dragon's tail and in the attic the arches would form the rib cage of the fantastic animal. But not everything is the legend so do not miss any detail of this impressive building.
From 2018 to 2019 the last restoration of Casa Batlló took place and since 2021, the building designed by Antoni Gaudí has two new spaces where you can discover two immersive experiences created with the most advanced image and sound technology.
In this space you can see the show "The Inspiration of Genius", created by the director Miguel Alonso. It is a highly sensory experience, a journey to the birth of genius and his first encounter with Nature.
The Gaudí Cube is a unique 6-sided LED cube in the world that presents the work "In the mind of Gaudí" by the digital artist Refik Anadol. A pioneering engineering work that changes the perception of reality and allows the impossible.
Tickets for Casa Batlló
There are three types: Standard Entrance (Blue), Fast-Track (Silver), and Premium Entrance & Rooftop Access (Gold). The so-called silver and gold tickets are the ones that give access to the Gaudí Dôme and the Gaudí Cube (the blue ticket only gives access to the Gaudí Cube). The gold, in addition to other benefits, also offers access to the roof of the building.
Casa Batlló: Standard Entrance (Blue)
Casa Batlló: Fast-Track (Silver)
Casa Batlló: Premium Entrance & Rooftop Access (Gold)
Schedule to visit the Casa Batlló in 2022
- Open every day of the year from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where is it?
How to get there
Metro: L2, L3, L4 Passeig de Gràcia
Bus: H10, V15, 7, 22, 24, Tourist Bus (blue and red routes, stop Casa Batlló - Fundació Antoni Tàpies)
Train: Passeig de Gràcia