Casa Batllò, in the Eixample district of Barcelona, is one of the brightest examples of Catalan Modernism. The house was commissioned to Gaudí by the rich Batlló family who built it between 1904 and 1906, modifying the façade and interiors of the previous building, adding two floors.
Gaudì destined all the profits obtained from his realization for the great project of the Sagrada Familia.
With Casa Batllò Gaudí made a further evolution in his architectural style. He used colorful elements, such as mosaics and stained glass, which give the façade particular chromatic effects that change according to the light. The corrugated roof, instead, is covered with "scales" and has the appearance of a dragon without head or tail.
Inside, stands out Gaudí's interest in craft works. In fact, in the interior everything was designed by the great Catalan architect.
You are amazed by the ability of the façade to change its colors as the hours of the day and the position of the beholder change. Starting from the bottom, you immediately notice the reference to Gothic elements with large bones, zoomorphic subjects and balconies in the form of a mask (or bat).
The sandstone tribune, which protrudes a few meters above Passeig de Gracia, is amazing and attracts the eyes with its colorful windows. The upper part of the façade is covered with glass tiles made according to the ancient technique of "trencadís" and ceramic disks: together they form a wavy, shimmering surface with dazzling beauty.
Opening hours: Mon - Sun (09.00 AM - 09.00 PM)
Admission: from €28,5 online tickets
How to reach: Metro Passeig de Gràcia, Bus H10, V15, 7, 22, 24
Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 43, 08007 Barcelona, Spagna
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