Mad about Gaudi – part 1: Casa Batlló

by Karisa

I’m gonna put it out there.  I’m a HUGE Antoni Gaudi fan.  If the man was still alive, I’d be a massive groupie.  Like Belieber level sh!t (excuse my French).

Even before setting foot in Barcelona, I had already read all about his beautiful buildings, studied many many photographs online, hell I even read a book about them (I don’t really read normally)…  so this was definitely going to be the highlight of my visit, without a doubt.

I took so many photos, my poor little click-and-go almost couldn’t keep up.  So this post (as well as the few to follow) will be more of the “look at the pretty pictures” types.  But I’m sure you guys don’t mind.

I’m gonna start with one of his residential projects, which is situatied on the Passeig de Gràcia:

  • Casa Batlló:
    Entry cost:  20.35* euro (adult) – but it does include an audio guide.
    Fast facts:  Private home to the Batlló family.  It was a remodel on a previously built house.  The remodel started in 1904, was completed in 1906, and Gaudi totally transformed the building.  Seems Gaudi’s goal was to avoid straight lines (as you’ll see in the pics below).  The rooftop has a bit of a dragon feel to it and the facade is decorated with colourful mosaic tiles.  There are also parts of the interior which resemble the inside of a giant fish.
    There are so many cool little details in this building, it’s actually insane how much thought Gaudi put into it.  Loved every square inch of the place.  It was in two words: absolutely enchanting…

Photos don’t even do it justice really.  When you’re standing there you can feel Gaudi’s passion in every nook and cranny.  You just have to experience it in real life.  Do check out the website link above to read more about this amazing building and all it’s design details.

Next up, Casa Milà…


*  If you use the Hop On / Hop Off bus – you get a discount voucher to this building – it’s not a lot, only 10%, but it at least helps a little.  The bus costs 27 euros per person for the 1 day option.  That’s the options we went for.


Genuvieve Aug 1, 2013 - 10:54 am

Oh Karisa, this is SO beautiful! You are having a fab time…so jealous!

westiedad Aug 1, 2013 - 11:32 am

Wow – very cool. The Gaudi stuff is top of mu list when I finally get there.

Karisa Aug 1, 2013 - 12:48 pm

And it definitely should be 🙂 You will love it…


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