Casa Batlló, Barcelona

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    Casa Batlló

    by ValbyDK Updated Nov 3, 2013
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    Casa Batlló is a building located in the center of Barcelona and is known as one of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces! The building was originally built between 1875 and 1877 by Emili Sala Cortés, who was one of Gaudí’s teachers, but it was bought by the wealthy textile industrialist Josep Battló i Casanovas in year 1900, and he commissioned Gaudí to give the building a redesign. Between 1904 and 1906, Gaudí redesigned the façade and roof, added an extra floor, and completely remodelled the inside of the house.

    The façade is very impressive, it is made of sandstone and covered with colorful mosaics. Some of the pillars and balconies look like they have been made from skulls and bones - which has given the house its nickname: Casa dels Ossos (the House of Bones). The interior of the old residence of the Battló family is also very fascinating with a grand staircase, wooden doors, carvings, stained glass windows, decorated tiles, and much more... And no straight lines... Gaudí was not fond of straight lines... The roof terrace represents a dragon. Chimneys and sculptures are decorated so they look like a dragons skin, and one of the sculptures also represents the lance of Saint George, which has been plunged into the back of the dragon. Yes, Casa Batlló is a house full of interesting features...

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    The house with the magic mushroom roof

    by muratkorman Written Jul 21, 2012
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    Casa Batllo is one of Gaudi's masterpieces located on Passeig de Gracia. The amazing facade and roof design get your attention immediately. For some reason, the roof reminds me of magic mushrooms in fairy tales (not Amsterdam!!!). We decided to visit La Pedrera with my wife and we just took some pictures of Casa Batllo during day and night. The entrance fee is 19.90 Euro per person. To avoid the queues, you can buy your ticket online from the website link provided below.

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    Modernisme Casa Battlo

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Jun 6, 2012

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    The original house at this site was constructed in 1877 and then purchased in 1900 by the textile owner Josep Battlo. Since the house had a good central location he wanted to redevelop or rebuild the house into something special. So in 1904 he hired Antonio Gaudi who convinced Battlo that only a refurbishment of the house was necessary. The refurbishment took only two years. The resulting house was imaginative, allowed for additional light, added many interesting balconies, and the outside took on the form of a spine of an animal. The house after it was refurbished was quite controversial in Barcelona. After several additional refurbishments the house was open to the public for viewing beginning in 2002.

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    Under the Sea

    by akikonomu Written Apr 19, 2012

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    Entering the place is like being transported to Disney's Little Mermaid film set. The pillars of the building resemble corals and doorways, waves. Put your imagination to full use to truly appreciate the fantastical architecture.

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    Casa Batllo - Bold and Beautiful

    by aussirose Written Jan 21, 2012

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    When Gaudí graduated in 1878 from Barcelona’s School of Architecture, the director announced: “Gentlemen, we are here today in the presence of either a genius or a madman.”

    Well I think Gaudi was a genius! His architecture is simply stunning!

    This was my favourite work of art by Gaudi. It is located not far from the Placa de Catalunya or you can get off at the first bus stop on either the red or blue tourist bus from Placa de Catalunya.

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    Batllo Casa

    by BruceDunning Updated Dec 3, 2011

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    The building was first built in 1877, and Antonio Gaudi restored it in 1904-06. It has a Modern/Art Nouveau look for the contemporary and unique design. The roof line is said to look like a dragon or dinosaur (?). The facade has a lot of mosaics with strange designs and line, as well as balconies of odd shape. The top chimney is presented to be Saiont George slaying the dragon with his sword-hint that the the cross and turret on top-but I cannot see it in my imagination.
    The outrageous price to enter is 18,15 Euro, and I personally would not pay for that, especially since the wait exceeded one hour, and closer to 2 hours outside when we were there at 2PM. It is open 9-9PM daily every day of the year.

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    Casa Batllo, Facade

    by Martin_S. Updated Nov 13, 2011

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    If Barcelona is known for anything aside from the beautiful city itself, the friendly people, the nightlife in the Barri Gotic/El-Born area and of course the wonderful weather, it is for one particular person, GAUDI. Even a person who does not follow the "arts", like me, knows this name and Gaudi's art was in the living spaces he built.
    In the next few sections I will be sharing some of the things that we saw in Barcelona, the Casa Batllo is just one of them.
    The entrance price is listed at 18.15 Euro per person, we paid 14.55 per person, a savings of 7.20 Euro because we had our Barcelona Card.
    Don't forget to take an audio guide which will help you learn more on your visit.

    For more specific information, take a look at the Casa Batllo website, and also these sites:
    http://www.casabatllo.es/
    http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/gaudi/casa-batllo.html
    http://www.aviewoncities.com/barcelona/casabatllo.htm

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    Casa Batllo, windows

    by Martin_S. Updated Nov 12, 2011

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    As I was photographing this window in the main living area at Casa Batllo, I wondered to myself if you would notice that there IS an outside or only the window. Some windows were only to let light in, others to let you see into another room. Even the partition between rooms were a de"light". Not a straight line in any of them, even the frame waves and contorts to pull your eyes to LOOK out or at the window.

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    Casa Batllo, elements

    by Martin_S. Updated Nov 12, 2011

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    What are the "elements" that make up a home. Doors, windows, staircases, sitting areas, bathrooms, partitions, you know them as well as I do. NOT in a house designed by Gaudi you don't !! A sitting area near a fireplace becomes a secret hideaway. A ceiling becomes a tempest at sea. A staircase becomes the exposed backbone of a sleeping dinosaur. The arches in the attic become a personal cathedral. Even a door, becomes a curving shape that lets you into another dimension...
    Take your time and enjoy experiencing Gaudi here.

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    Casa Batllo, chimneys

    by Martin_S. Updated Nov 12, 2011
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    What could be more simple than a CHIMNEY, a device for letting the smoke out of a house....... Yet Gaudi turned this purely functional item into a form of art all its own, each with a personality that draws you to look closer.

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    Casa Batllo, the roof

    by Martin_S. Updated Nov 12, 2011
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    Two distinct and totally different elements make the roof area striking, the chimneys and the "dragon back" as it is said to mimic. The imagination can take off in different directions if you sit back and just let it run, take a few moments to sit in the shade and just watch, see if a dragon rises out of the roof.

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    Weird but intresting building !!!!

    by jlanza29 Written Oct 19, 2011

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    This is one of Antoni Gaudi's work ..... the building's themselves are to me a bit weird looking. Inside the building there is a very interesting museum but for-warned it is a steep 19 Euro's admission price. We went thru it in a non rushed way and took about an hour ..... one of the must do sites in Barcelona. We got there at 6:00 pm and there was hardly a wait.

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    Casa Batlló

    by Maymuna Written Sep 23, 2011
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    Casa Batlló is the most beautiful building I've ever been to. I'm not an expert on architecture, but when I went to Barcelona I knew I wanted to see some of Gaudí's work.

    First of all, Casa Batlló is very expensive.. I paid €14.25 and that was with the student discount. That is WAY too much in my opinion! But you should definitely still see it, because it's simply amazing. When you're inside you feel like you're in a completely different world. It's so magical and beautiful, like a castle out of a fairytale. When you see it at night with all the lights it becomes even more stunning.

    Try to go early, because the lines are long!

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    *2* CASA BATLLO

    by balhannah Updated Aug 18, 2011

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    The Bus is moving and we are on our way up the Tree lined Passeig de Gracia, passing by many buildings with impressive architecture and lots and lots of balconies. My camera is being put to work already!

    This is the 2nd stop on the BLUE TOUR

    We are hopping off the Bus as there are several of Gaudi's building's here, including Gaudi's Casa Batllo, Casa Amatller and Casa Lleo Morera. What an unusual looking building Casa Batllo is!

    This is the one I liked the best. I didn't go inside, but instead took time to admire the mix of colours, shapes, and to take in the distinct Gaudi architecture . It really is an amazing sight! The more time I took looking, the more of interest I found!
    Gaudi restored & remodelled this building for a wealthy person named Batllo. Batllo lived in the lower two floors with his family, and the upper floors were rented out as apartments.

    In my second photo, you can see the tiled roof which is meant to represent a scaly back of a dragon.
    If you decide to go inside, then Audio guides are available from the front desk which will give you information on each of the rooms.....They are included in the price.

    It is open daily from 9 - 8 pm, but sometimes the hours do vary, so check the website.

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    Casa Batllo

    by Raimix Updated Feb 6, 2011

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    The house was designed by Gaudi in 1906. It is one of the most interesting buildings in Passeig de Gracia. The main idea to design this house was a form of a dragon that was conquered by St. George. The roof looks like a spine of a dragon, balconies seems like bones.

    It is possible to visit construction inside for an extra pay.

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