Casa Batlló - Antoni Gaudí

Last modified: 
23/07/2021 - 15:35
Type: 
Modernist buildings & monuments

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.

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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.

Casa Batlló - Barcelona - Sant Jordi

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Schedule to visit the Casa Batlló in 2021

  • Open every day of the year from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • The Magic Nights from Tuesday to Saturday at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Where is it?

City: 
Barcelona
Area: 
Eixample Esquerra
Zip code: 
08007
Address: 
Passeig de Gràcia 43