Casa Batllo Art Nouveau Gaudi House UNESCO World Heritage Site
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Casa Batllo Art Nouveau Gaudi House UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Updated: Sep 15, 2021

by: Barcelona Travel Hacks

Casa Batllo Modernist House

Summary: Private residence remodelled by Antoni Gaudi in 1904 in style of modernist art nouveau. Famous for bright coloured tiles. First floor & roof open as a museum.

Address: Passeig de Grccia 43, Barcelona. 8007

Summary of Prices:

Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information
Adult Zone 1 T-casual € 35.00 Students, Over 65 years, 22 Euros
Child T-familiar FREE For under 12 years
Group/Family Ticket: No.
Notes: check website for the various types of tickets. Always book online.
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About Casa Batllo Modernist House:

This is one of the houses designed by Antonio Gaudi in Passeig de Gracia, central Barcelona, and it is considered to be one of his masterpeices. Locally it is known as casa de ossos (house of bones) due to the skeleton like structure of the main bay windows.

Guidi did not build the house but extensively directed the remodelling of it from 1904 to 1906. He was assisted by Domenec Suranges i gras, Josep Canaleta and Joan Rubio. The house was actually built in 1877 and was undesirable at the time with no noteworthy features until Gaudi remodelled it.

The style is catalan modernism or Art Nouveau. Typical techniques used are irregular window shapes, curved walls, facade, and ceilings based on shapes seen in nature. Brighly coloured tiles including trencadis (broken colourfull tile pieces aranged in a mosaic).

Another common theme is Saint George (Sant Jordi) the patron saint of Catalunya so dragons feature heavily in Gaudi's works. It is said that the turret seen from the front of the building is representative of the lance used by sant Jordi to kill the dragon. Also the roof represents the dragons back with scales. On the inside of the attic the white arches are said to represent the ribs of the dragon.

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Visiting Casa Batllo Modernist House:

There is one luxury flat per floor of the building all of which are privately owned except for the second floor which is a museum. A history of the building can be found on the official website.

All of Gaudi exhibits in Barcelona are very busy to the point of being oversubscribed and tickets should be bought in advance via the website which has a variety of tickets that are well explained. When I visited, I used a blue ticket for 35 euros which gave access to all areas of the museum including the rear patio, stairwell and roof terrace. In particularly bad weather the roof terrace may be closed for visits for safety reasons.

Note: I strongly advise booking the visit at least a week in advance, especially in summer and of course, arrive a little before the stated start time of the visit.

Allow about 1 hour inside the museum and roof terrace to complete the visit, not including time queueing outside.

Tip: Take headphones for the audio guide.

Getting To Casa Batllo Modernist House:

Nearest TMB METRO is Passeo de Gracia on the Green (l3) Yellow (L4), or Purple (l2) lines. The metro interconnects with Renfe Rodalies, AVE and Regional express train lines.

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There are 2 PDf documents:

Street Map La Exampla Central

PDF: Street Map La Exampla Central
Author: Barcelona Travel Hacks

Metro Map La Eixampla Pesseig de Gracia

PDF: Metro Map La Eixampla Pesseig de Gracia
Author: www.tmb.cat

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