My favourite features of Casa Batllo are the balconies. Apparently they are supposed to represent the skulls and bones of the dragons victims! The house even has the nickname "house of bones". They look really cool though, such an unusual feature
This is the most interesting [to me anyway!] of the three buildings. It was designed by the famous Modernist Gaudi. The facade has this almost spilt oil look about it and the colours really shine when the sun hits them.
You can pay to go inside but I just had a look at the outside. Apparently the exterior tells the legend of St George, the Catalan patron saint. The blue & green on the walls is like the scales of thr dragon, while the curved roof is its crested back.
this will be my tips on Casa Batllo' which is the most famous of the four Casas along the Illa de la Discòrdia part of Passig De Gracia as it was made by the Barcelona Top Dog and Icon of Modernist and Noveau Art, Antoni Gaudi.
I will have separate tips for the other Casas along the Illa de la Discòrdia ("Block of Discord") area of Passig De Gracia.
The one block along Passeig De Gracia in between the cross streets Carrer De Consell De Cent and Carrer D' Arago has 4 famous Casas of Houses of which the most Famous is the Casa Batlo' made by Antoni Gaudi. in the Middle is the Casa Amatler, made by Josep Puig i Cadafalch and on the other end is Casa Casa Mulleras, which was made by Enric Sagnier and finally the Casa Lleó Morera, made by Lluís Domènech i Montaner of which all four Casas are located along the Illa de la Discòrdia ("Block of Discord"), which according to Wikipedia, The block is noted for having buildings by four of Barcelona's most important Modernista architects, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Antoni Gaudí, Josep Puig i Cadafalch and Enric Sagnier, in close proximity. As the four architects' styles were very different, the buildings clash with each other and the neighboring buildings. They were all built in the early years of the 20th century.
Casa Batllo', together with La Sagrada Familia, is condisedred the Masterpieces of Antoni Gaudi's many creation. Casa Batllo' like the other Casas beside it was built and remodeled by Antoni Gaudi, of which it was Initially Built in 1877 for Lluís Sala Sánchez. It changed owners in 1900 and the new owner Josep Batlló again commissioned Gaudi to renovate the house which he did from 1904 to 1906 of which he did Modernisme or Art Nouveau is a grand scale of which the façade of the building had irregular oval windows and flowing sculpted stone work with a colorful mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles and a roof with looks like a back of a Dragon.
at present, it is a mini museum filled with other works of Gaudi and also you can visit the mezzanine, where the Batlló family once lived; the attic, ; the rooftop, with its chimneys, the main hall, the grand staircase, etc.
Phone: +34 93 216 0306
Hours: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm everyday
Adults: 22 euros per person
children 7 to 18: 19.50 euros per person
Seniors 65 and above: 19.50 per person
Children less than 6: free
a caveat: the lines here are long so it is best to buy a ticket online as they have a separate entrance for online ticket holders.
One should make the walk to Paseo de Gracia to visit Casa Batllo, Gaudi’s conversion for the Batllo family of a traditional Eixample building into something extraordinary. One knows that it is special as soon as one sees the façade. The first floor windows are framed with bones. The upstairs balconies grin like carnival masks (or are they yawning? Or Owls? Who knows?). The façade is clad in tiles, inspired by the colours of coral reefs, whilst on the roof, a dragon sits, resting patiently. On the street outside, everyone’s phone, camera and iPad are pointed skyward, catching the images.
Our booked time is 10am, so we sit for a while enjoying the scene. Inside, we are issued with audioguides. These ones have headphones of cerulean blue, and have screens attached which have a trick. As one enters each room, the screen shows it furnished (and missing the crowds too!). The commentary is thankfully brief and to the point. In the entrance foyer, a staircase leads upward. There are no straight lines in the room. The bannister is made of wood, carved into the spine of an underwater beast. And so upstairs to the vast main room looking past the framing bones to passing parade of Paseo de Gracia. Toward the rear, two interior light-wells are tiled in blue, the colour of the tiles darker nearer to the roof, for control of light and heat. The windows onto the light-wells have curved profiles, and are fitted with wooden ventilation grilles. At the rear of the building, a large terrace sits above the former carriage horse stables, offering a view of the plainer rear façade.
We climb up the stairwells to the attic, where the brick catenary arches are hidden behind white plaster. The ribs are plain to see. Up a spiral staircase, we emerge onto the flat roof. Chimneys are gathered in groups, and the dragon’s spine and scales are resplendent in multi-coloured tile. The belly of the dragon once held water tanks, but now is an empty space. On the way down we get a balcony view of Paseo de Gracia and the chance to buy overpriced photos. We decline. The power of the walking stick sees my partner offered a ride down in the lift. The hand of the architect is seen even here, where specially created characters representing each apartment in the building replace numbers on the lift controls. After a brief turn through the gift shop, our visit comes to an end.
Once again, make sure you reserve in advance at the website?. You will however have crowds. This was my favourite of the famous Gaudi monuments. And if the tourists have not woken the dragon by now, the I think he will NEVER wake!
Casa Batlló was built by Antonio Gaudi in 1877 and restored between 1904 and 1906, and is as interesting as the more popular La Pedrera which also happens to be on the same road. Known locally as Casa dels ossos the building appears void of any straight lines with a front decorated in broken ceramic tiles. Inside Casa Batlló visitors can visit the mezzanine floor, which was the former home of the Batlló family, and the attic and rooftop with its undulating chimneys. Within the building there is also a souvenir shop with exclusive gifts and a wide variety of Gaudi books.
Sunday to Saturday: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Adults: 22.50 EUR (includes audio guide)
September 2005, updated September 2015
This was a home re-designed by Antoni Gaudi. The first thing you notice is the whimsical design and colors used throughout this enormous living space. Then you appreciate his design of incorporating natural light into the living space not only as functional but as aesthetically pleasing. I wish the home was furnished because then we could have had a sense how one would have lived in this beautiful home. There is a lift (elevator) but for most, you will need to climb a lot of stairs. I mostly enjoyed the windows and looking out onto the street. What a beautiful way to live and this was back in 1904. Absolutely amazing.
You can see more photos on my travelogue.
There is a rather large gift shop as you exit the house. The cost to enter is 21,5 € per adult in 2015.
My grandmother told me about this house by Gaudi where the roofline represents the dragons back, and the cross was St. George's sword slaying the dragon. I took these pictures from the Bus Turistic, and my pictures are better than hers (!)
Barb (mom - daughter of grandmother) visited the inside and added some photos of the interior in 2015. The fireplace with seating nooks on each side, the ocean wave form in the ceiling - these are some of the sights to see inside.
General ticket Adult (+18) 21.5 €
Visits include the Noble Floor (the former residence of the Batlló family), the Loft (the former store rooms and laundry rooms), the Roof Terrace with the famous backbone of the dragon slain by Sant Jordi, and the area which was once the communal stairwell. It finishes with the entrance hall and the main staircase.
This Gaudi design is a restyle of the Casa Batllo in which he added 2 storeys and changed its outer skin.
The first floor covers a surface area of 1,300sq metres and reserved for the Mila Family.It has 35 rooms.
The upper storeys are divided into 3 or 4 apartments.
The photos display the genius of Gaudi.
Open every day of the year, Adult Entrance fee in excess of 20 Euro per person.
Casa Batlló is one of the best-known houses designed by architect Antoni Gaudi, built 1877 in a modernist/art-nouveau-style (with a few later additions). Remarkable features of Casa Battlò (named after a previous owner) is the "rippled" facade decorated with coloured ceramic tiles, the lack of "straight" lines in the house, implying the use of "natural" forms, the "Noble Floor", beautiful skylights and an arched roof (open to the public, with panoramic views of Barcelona) that resembles the back of a dragon. Casa Battlò is a UNESCO World Heritage Monument.
Casa Batlló is a renowned and is one of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces.
In 1904-1906 Gaudi has constructed the house of textile industrialist Batlio Casanovas. The narrow spotty facade from multi-coloured tiles has Gaudi typical for constructions the rounded forms. Convex lattices of balconies with apertures in the form of eyes are similar to masks.
You can watch my 3 min 16 sec Video Barcelona Passeig de Gracia Modernismo Catalana out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
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.
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.