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215 reviews of Casa Batllo

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Impressive but somewhat overpriced

Casa Batllo is one of the most popular places to visit in Barcelona and the graceful curves and decorative wrought iron balconies of its facade have become something of an icon for the city of Barcelona. The palatial home was built by modernist and Catalan native son Antoni Gaudi whose able hands led to the creation of many of the city's other iconic landmarks like the Park Guell or the Sagrada Familia.

Casa Batllo was built to echo the forms and colors of the Catalan seashore, a motif easily seen in the spirals of the seashell-esque chandelier in the main salon and the turquoise tiles in the interior patio. Across its four floors and rooftop terrace, visitors are taken through wave-like curved staircases, elegant sitting rooms, and whitewashed arched galleries that recall the Mediterranean fishing villages which dot the coast of Catalonia.

However, is it worth it? Taking into account that the entrance fee is around 20€ (much more than the infinitely more spectacular Sagrada Familia) and the only discounts are for documented students and Catalan residents, I'd say this is one sight which travelers should probably skip. Half the charm of Casa Batllo is its exterior and unless you're an architecture connoisseur or Gaudi fanatic, the visit simply isn't worth the price. If you do decide to visit, make sure to take one of the free audio-guides as they really help add historical and artistic context to the home. If you're looking for a souvenir, you can also take a selfie on the home's trademark central balcony but, at 12€ or so for a printed copy, it's a souvenir I decided to skip.
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Of the most spectacular urban facades

Building located on Paseo de Gracia in Barcelona, in the "manzana de la discordia", popularly called this way because of the disparity of styles in the different buildings. What in the beginning was a mere alteration of a building became an opportunity for Gaudí to create one of his most poetical and decorative works.

The current Casa Batlló is the result of the total alteration of a conventional house. Gaudí was given the job of renovating Josep Batlló i Casanovas' (textile industrial) building. On this basis, Gaudí built this surprising house, one of the most special and with most fantasy in Barcelona.

Inside, the spaces were completely reorganized in order to get more natural ventilation and lighting (the courtyard is covered by a progressively lighter ceramic as you go from the terrace to the ground floor in order to get the most uniform lighting possible). Outside, Gaudí created one of the most spectacular and brilliant urban facades in the world. He used typical modernist building elements like ceramic, stone, forged iron with an incredible result. The facade is impressive during the day and at night, if it is illuminated.
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The most contemporary catalan architecture

Since we only had one afternoon to visit Barcelona, we decided to get to know the most representative place of the city. So if we're talking about what best represents Barcelona, one of the first things that comes into mind is Modernism. And you can't mention Modernism without mentioning one of the greatest exponents of modernist architecture, Antoni Gaudí.

One of the most representative buildings and one of his masterworks is without a doubt the Casa Batlló. Located right in the business center, in Paseo de Gracia, the modernist facade matches perfectly with the more contemporary Catalan architecture. None of us had seen something of the like before, so when we arrived at the facade it looked impressive.

From the beginning you can notice the clear inspiration of nature in this architect's work. From the windows and the gazed tiles imitating the waves of the sea, to the rails imitating the branches of a tree. The way the rooms are illuminated and the way lights make narrow hallways look huge is impressive. When we got to the terrace, we discovered incredible views of the city as well as the chimneys decorated in the artist's peculiar style. Sublime.
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Emblem of universal modernism

Another brilliant idea of the master Gaudí is the Casa Batlló, arranged by the Catalan in the form of the alteration of a building of 1875. Considered real architectural poetry, this building shows singular shapes that could only be designed thanks to the Catalan architect's genius.

The glazed facade, of organic and almost animal shapes make thousands of visitors every day. It also has an exhibition room and cultural visits in various languages. As an emblem of universal Modernism, this building has various spaces for different activities, for example the Jujol and Punta Noble halls, the attic, the terrace, and the curious chimneys.

The colors are incredibly appealing, as well as the finishing touches run personally by the architect to preserve the magic and personality thought for this construction of the beginning of the 20th century. More than 2,500 square meters are the proof that this place deserved the UNESCO World Heritage title in 2005, a modernist wonder located in the no less wonderful and elegant Paseo de Gracia of Barcelona.
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Nothing is a coincidence

Now that sustainability is a trending topic I find out many things were already invented, this house is an example: everything there is designed to keep the heat, provide ventilation to all rooms, making the most of natural light, etc. Nothing is a coincidence, and it was Gaudí who thought all this and modeled it with his own hands many years ago.
See Emelie Lofqvist's photos
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El despertar de la casa batlló

On October 21, 2012 I had the opportunity to go to the Passeig de Grácia where they projected this spectacular show on Casa Batlló. I have never been inside before, which is one of my plans this summer.

The outside architecture of this house is amazing, and I have no doubts that it will be as mesmorizing inside as out.

This 3D show was an tribute to Gaudi himself but and was visualized as a story of the legendary Sant Jordi.
Emelie Lofqvist
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Casa battlo

This building is among Gaudi's best, a magical place just made for photography.
David Spiel
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Information about Casa Batllo

Casa Batllo Phone Number
+34 932 160 306
+34 932 160 306
Casa Batllo Address
Passeig de Gràcia, 43
Passeig de Gràcia, 43
Casa Batllo Opening Hours
mon 9:00 - 21:00
tue 9:00 - 21:00
wed 9:00 - 21:00
thu 9:00 - 21:00
fri 9:00 - 21:00
sat 9:00 - 21:00
sun 9:00 - 21:00
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