In one of the most extreme architectural makeovers ever seen, Antoni Gaudí and his long-time collaborator Josep Maria Jujol took an ordinary apartment block and remodelled it inside and out for textile tycoon Josep Batlló between 1902 and 1906. The result was one of the most impressive and admired of all Gaudí's creations. Opinions differ on what the building's remarkable façade represents, particularly its polychrome shimmering walls, its sinister skeletal balconies and its humpbacked scaly roof. Some say it's the spirit of carnival, others a Costa Brava cove. However, the most popular theory, which takes into account the architect's deeply patriotic feelings, is that it depicts Sant Jordi and the dragon – the idea being that the cross on top is the knight's lance, the roof is the back of the beast, and the balconies below are the skulls and bones of its hapless victims.
The chance to explore the interior (at a cost) offers the best opportunity of understanding how Gaudí, sometimes considered the lord of the bombastic and overblown, was really the master of tiny details – from the ingenious ventilation in the doors to the amazing natural light reflecting off the inner courtyard's azure walls, and the way the brass window handles are curved so as to fit the shape of a hand. An apartment is open to the public, and access has been granted to the attic and roof terrace: the whitewashed arched rooms of the top floor, originally used for laundering and hanging clothes, are among the master's most atmospheric spaces.
|Venue name:||Casa Batlló|
Pg. de Gràcia, 43
|Opening hours:||Daily 9am-9pm|
|Transport:||Passeig de Gràcia (M: L2,L3,L4), Provença (FGC)|
|Price:||€24.50; €21.50 ages 7-18, seniors, and students; free under-7s; €15 residents of Barcelona province (must show proof of residency). Online prices given for one ticket option. Check website for other options and prices.|
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Magic Nights at Casa Batlló 2018
Casa Batlló opens its doors to welcome you into the universe of Antoni Gaudí by the light of the moon. You're invited to spend these magic summer nights with a glass or two of cava and live music under the stars on the gorgeous mosaic-covered Terrat del...Until Sunday November 4 2018