Casa Batlló – Antoni Gaudí
|Casa Batlló Façade|
Casa Batlló is one of the two great buildings designed by Antoni Gaudí on Passeig de Gràcia, the other being La Pedrera.
From the outside the façade of Casa Batlló looks like it has been made from skulls and bones. The “Skulls” are in fact balconies and the “bones” are supporting pillars.
Gaudí used colours and shapes found in marine life as inspiration for his creativity in this building e.g. the colours chosen for the façade are those found in natural coral.
Click to book your fast track tickets for Gaudi’s famous Casa Batllo multi-coloured house on Passeig de Gracia
|It’s worth taking a visit to see Gaudí’s Casa Batlló at night, when it is illuminated.|
The building was designed by Gaudí for Josep Batlló, a wealthy aristocrat, as an upmarket home. Señor Batlló lived in the lower two floors with his family and the upper floors were rented out as apartments.
This building is a stunningly original work and well worth the visit. If you decide to take a look around inside you will learn how much attention to detail Gaudí spent on his designs thinking about such things as varying window size depending on how high the window is from the top of the building. In this way, he could ensure uniform lighting conditions in each room of the house. The audio tour that comes with the entrance ticket gives you fascinating insights into Gaudí and his influences when designing this house.
Audio guides are available from the front desk which will give you information on each of the rooms.
How to get to Casa Batlló, opening hours and ticket prices.
The following Information was supplied thanks to Ester Orriols who works at Casa Batlló Visitor’s Department.
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How to get to Casa Batlló
Metro: Passeig de Gràcia (Green Line, L3)
Calle Aragó-Rambla Catalunya exit. Casa Batlló is only 30 seconds walk from the metro stop IF you take the correct metro exit. Look for the exit called: Calle Aragó-Rambla Catalunya when you are leaving the metro.
Hop on hop off sightseeing tourist bus stop
Nearest stop for Casa Batlló is “Casa Batlló” with the “hop on hop off” sightseeing bus
Passeig de Gràcia / Aragó: 7, 22, 24, V15
València / Passeig de Gràcia: 20, h20
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Entrance Fee: €39. 00
An audio guide is included in the entrance price.
Official Website: Casa Batlló
Casa Batlló tickets with audio guide. Avoid the queues by reserving your tickets online.
You can buy your “skip the queue” admission tickets to Casa Batlló in advance of your trip by following the link below. Your tickets also include an audio guide that explains the stories behind each room in Casa Batlló (audio guide is available in 10 languages, English, Spanish, Catalan, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese). Each point along the audio guide is labelled with a number that corresponds to a track on the audio guide. The audio guide is excellent if you are interested in learning more about Gaudí’s thought processes behind the design of this iconic masterpiece.
Click to book your fast track tickets for Gaudi’s famous Casa Batllo multi-coloured house on Passeig de Gracia
What is included in the entrance fee:
Visitors are led to the inside by means of an audio-guided tour available in 10 languages. (English, Spanish, Catalan, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese) through a magnificent private staircase towards the Piano Nobile or Main Floor, former home of the Batlló’s. From there you enter the Piano Nobile through the building’s ordinary staircase, to ascend through the oniric Lightwell – where blue ranges from dark to the pale light, dramatically mastering the distribution of natural light- toward the attics, roof terrace and swinging chimneys. Altogether, the tour takes about one hour.
Inside Casa Batlló visitors will also find a souvenir shop with gifts that are exclusively related to the house and a wide variety of Gaudí books.
|You can clearly see the bone-like columns in this photo of the main window.|
|The coloured ceramics on the façade were influenced by the colours of natural corals.|
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 09:00 – 22:00
There are some days that Casa Batlló closes at 14:00 according to the availability of the rooms.
Casa Batlló only closes officially on the 25 December and the 01 January. Easter holidays the house is open as usual.
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Museo modernista Antoni Gaudí – Casa Batllo tickets
Info, opening hours, tours and tickets and best time to visit Casa Batllo, museu modernista de Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona, one of the highlights of the architecture of Gaudí in Barcelona.
Casa Batllo Tickets – Museum Info & Hours
|Address||Passeig de Gràcia 43 Barcelona Spain|
|Metro||Metro station Passeig de Gràcia (Line 3)|
Due to the long queues it is strongly recommended to buy your Casa Batllo tickets in advance. On busy days you will have a long wait and tickets will be sold out in high season. To visit Casa Batlló you can choose from 4 different tickets:
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|Special activities||During the summer there are special Magic Nights from 59 €, an evening visit at 8pm incl. live music and a drink (Book online)|
Museo modernista de Antoni Gaudí – Casa Batlló
Casa Batlló (officially Museo modernista de Antoni Gaudí) iis one of the most important attractions in the modernist architectural style. Gaudi remodelled and renovated this original house (from 1875) between 1904 and 1906 for Josep Batlló i Casanovas, a rich textile magnate. At the time, Casa Batllo consisted of eight homes divided across four floors. The current estimated value of this colourful masterpiece is around 70 million euros.
Casa Batllo, a special building in Barcelona
Just like with the Casa Milà located a little further along Passeig de Gràcia, Casa Batlló has no sharp angles; everything is wavy and rounded, like the waves of the sea. The house is a unique piece of architecture in the style of Catalan modernism. The central theme in “Casa Batlló Museo modernista de Antoni Gaudí” is that of Saint George, the dragon slayer, who played an important role in the history of Barcelona. The façade of the Batlló House is covered with mosaics that are reminiscent of fish scales. The small tower on the roof with the cross could represent the sword Saint George stabs into the dragon.
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Dragon scales on the roof of Gaudi’s Casa Batllo
The columns on the even floor look like dinosaur limbs. The wavy, mosaic-covered roof could be seen as the scaled spine of an enormous dragon. The balconies of Batlló are like the massive jaws of marine creatures escaping from the sea. The balconies also show skulls; these bones on the façade represent the dragon’s victims. The museum-like Casa Batllo house is therefore also nicknamed the ‘House of Bones’.
Interior by Gaudi
Not just the exterior of the building is breath-taking; the interior is as well. Antoni Gaudí avoids the use of straight lines in the interior. Here you find beautiful stained glass windows, colourful tiles, unique doorposts, and many more interesting details. If you enjoy beautiful architecture, this sight by Gaudi should definitely be part of your Barcelona city break.
During your visit you will see the different areas of the impressive building. For example, you will first get a 360º experience in the new Gaudí Cube, in which the artist Refik Anadol has delved into Gaudí’s thoughts in a modern way. You will then visit the different floors and areas of the building, including the iconic roof terrace. With a golden ticket you will also visit the Gaudí Dôme, an immersive experience to travel to the origin of Gaudí’s inspiration: nature. Experience an enlightening moment from the childhood of the genius.
How to buy Casa Batllo tickets?
Note: Queues can be long, especially in the high season, so it’s always adviced to buy your Casa Batllo tickets in advance:
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Casa Mila – La Pedrera
(1906 – 1910) This apartment complex on the Passeig de Gràcia is one of Antoni Gaudi’s most famous structures and is on the UNESCO list. Because of its appearance without any straight lines, the building is also referred to as ‘La Pedrera’, or the stone quarry. The roof terrace of La Pedrera is a particularly popular photo op.
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(1883 – 1889) Casa Vicens was Gaudi’s first important design and is also on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The colourful building is located in the Gràcia district and was built by tile manufacturer Manuel Vicens i Montaner. The building is a mix of Spanish and mudejar style and clad with ceramic tiles. Casa Vicens recently opened to visitors. Daily opened 10am – 10pm.
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Casa Batlló in Barcelona: a masterpiece by Antonio Gaudí
Every day, regardless of the season, house 43 on Paseo de Gracia is the object of interest for hundreds of tourists and the protagonist of thousands of photographs. This is Casa Batlló, a very unusual residential building in terms of architecture, designed by the famous architect Antonio Gaudí.
Anyone who has ever been to Barcelona has not only heard about Gaudí, but also “seen”. Moreover, a lot, because the work of the architect forms the image of the city, act as the face of the Catalan capital. Casa Batllo (aka Casa Batllo and House of Bones) is one of the conserving parts of Barcelona’s Dissenting Quarter (the other two are projects by Amalle and Leo Morera) due to the stylistic contrast of the houses.
Quarter of Controversy
History of the House of Bones
- In 1877, , an apartment building was completed for the professor of architecture, Emilio Sala Cortés, which was later reconstructed into Casa Batlló.
- In 1903, the building became the property of the textile manufacturer Josep Batllo y Casanovas, who decided to modernize it and turned to Antonio Gaudí with a business proposal. Josep planned a radical alteration – the elimination of the building and the construction of a new one, but Gaudí had a different point of view.
- Architect did not abandon the original structure. He developed a project for two new facades, changed the layout of the lower floor and the mezzanine, decorating the space with original furniture, decided to equip the house with an attic, an asotea and a basement floor.
- Reconstruction lasted from 1905 to 1906 .
- Gaudí managed to unite of the best masters of applied art. Forged products were invented and implemented by the Badia brothers, and the glass blower Josep Pelegri worked on the stained glass windows. The tiles were created by father and son Pujol-i-Bausis, and Sebastian-i-Ribot was engaged in the supply of ceramics.
- Since the middle of the 20th century Casa Batlló is not a family property. In the 1990s, the Bernat family bought the house. Since then, they have been responsible for the preservation of the building, without state support, through the sale of tickets.
In order to avoid long queues at the entrance to the house, we advise you to buy tickets online here .
The total area of Casa Batlló after reconstruction is 4300 m2, height – 32 m. Before the intervention of Antoni Gaudí, the values were less – 3100 m2 and 21 m, respectively. Gaudi made a redevelopment of the interior, expanded the patio. The interior of the house turned into a treasure of the Catalan capital. All this is spectacular, also functional, which has become the starting point of a new trend in architecture and engineering.
The source of his inspiration was nature and its harmony. Going inside, we understand how deftly Gaudí adapted the science of nature to engineering tasks:
- furniture ergonomics
- load-bearing structures
- “Business card” Casa Batlló – mezzanine floor with stained glass windows. Here you will remember the sea, because the visit is filled with maritime associations – the spiral shape of the ceiling, reminiscent of the movement of water, “bubble” windows, a light palette, scattering sun rays. Attention is attracted by an unusual fireplace in the form of a mushroom.
- The wide staircase leading to the second floor seems to appear out of thin air. It is made of oak, devoid of straight lines, and the ergonomics of the railing is made to fit the shape of a human hand.
- Workspace of the former owner Josep Batllo attracts attention from the entrance – the doors are equipped with a ventilation system, similar to gills.
- The courtyard of Casa Batlló is characterized by unusual decoration. Gaudí approached the work with chiaroscuro in an original way, using ceramic tiles of different colors to obtain uniform lighting – with a transition from white to blue. The “well” is an important engineering solution – light penetrates the large windows of the rooms, and at the same time it is a ventilation shaft.
- Parabolic arches were used for the first time in the construction of attic . In the future, the architect used them in other works.
- On the roof of the silhouette of a dragon’s back appears. Tiles, laid out in the form of scales, shimmer in the sun. The cruciform turret symbolizes the spear piercing the dragon. The images of skulls and bones in the design of the facade speak of victims, and the fact that the monster fought with a pike tells of the complete victory of good over evil.
- Attic . The prototype of the arches that visually enlarge the space are the ribs of the whale. Here, on the balcony, tourists are invited to take a professional photo, and then purchase its printed version as a souvenir.
- Authentic elevator Casa Batlló with wooden interior trim, with antique worn buttons – a very atmospheric immersion in the past, the perfect end to the tour and a win-win final photo zone.
Terrace of the Dragon in Casa Batlló
The terrace is the center of Gaudí’s universe and the space facing the sky of Barcelona. The roofs of the buildings were for Gaudí like people’s hats, each of which reflects the individuality of its “owner”.
The shape of the roof of Casa Batlló resembles the spine of a dragon. The turret on the roof of the house, crowned with the St. George’s Cross, personifies the spear with which St. George defeated the dragon. The ends of the cross of the turret represent the saints.
Chimneys are grouped in such a way that they become a decoration of the house, being an artistic object with the main function of emitting smoke. The “well” of the building and technical elements act as a drain and ventilation.
There is a small room on the terrace, where now there is a small fountain, hinting at the play of nature and the physics of natural processes. Previously, the building was used to store water.
Party on the terrace of Casa Batlló
10 facts about Casa Batlló
1A house without rules
Most experts on the architect’s biography are sure that Casa Batlló in Barcelona became one of Gaudí’s key projects. From this work, the genius focused only on his plastic vision of architecture, leaving the rules aside. The success of the House finally convinced the master of the correctness of this approach.
2What do Casa Batlló and the skeleton of a dragon have in common
House Without Rules
In Barcelona, Casa Batlló was nicknamed “the house of bones” because of its resemblance to the figure of a giant dragon – an image to which Gaudí repeatedly referred. The exterior resembles a skeleton, the balconies look like skulls, and the columns look like bones.
3Gaudi and Monet
The facade of a house is often compared to water into which a stone has been thrown (a reference to Monet’s Pond with Water Lilies). The ceramic circles and colorful shards shimmer in different colors in the sunlight. Gaudi personally controlled the color scheme. There are no corners, edges and straight lines here, the curved walls for many obviously paint a picture, as if a mystical sea monster is playing with muscles under the skin lining.
4Gaudi tile mosaic
Trencadis is a technique used by Gaudí to create tiled mosaics. The color of the mosaic changes from earth to heaven.
5 House without straight lines
With the exception of the side walls, Casa Batlló has almost no straight lines. In the future, the principle of constructing curved walls and roofs was applied in the construction of Casa Mila. Wavy outlines are inherent not only in the decorative elements of the facade of Casa Batlló (carved from stone from the hill of Montjuic), but also in the interior.
6Gaudi’s communication with God
Gaudi was known as a very religious person, he regularly addressed the topic of higher powers. It is also the main one in the case of Casa Batlló. In his flights on the territory of Barcelona, an element in the form of a cross with five points is often found. While walking around Casa Batlló, one can understand the meaning of Gaudí’s words that in order to comprehend the laws of nature, one must ask God for help. Of course, the genius managed to establish communication with higher powers.
The metal railings on the balcony are made from discarded materials that are “unsuitable” for other objects in the city.
The architect has created a separate collection of landmark furniture, which can be found in Gaudí’s house museum in Parc Güell.
9Charming House of Bones
Every April 23, the facade of Casa Batlló is decorated with roses, thus marking the day of Sant Jordi – the equivalent of St. Valentine’s Day in Catalonia.
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10One of the 7 masterpieces of Gaudí on the UNESCO list
In 1962 Casa Batlló was declared an artistic monument of Barcelona. After 7 years, he was awarded the title of a monument of national importance. The UNESCO organization honored Casa Batlló in Barcelona in 2005.
Address: Passeig de Gracia, 43, Barcelona
How to get there
- Metro: Passeig de Gracia on the green line L3, purple line L2 and yellow line L4
- Buses: 7, 16, 17, 22, 24, 28
- Adult: 25€
- Child (7-18 years): 22€
- Free entry for children under 7 years old
Online tickets to Casa Batlló
A pre-purchased e-ticket helps you skip the line. You can print, or you can use the barcode on any electronic medium (phone, tablet).
You can buy tickets to Casa Batllo online at the link .
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Antoni Gaudí: a great architect in a nutshell
Antoni Gaudí is a genius of modernism and architecture. It was his original style that became the reason for the popularity of the architect and the recognition of his masterpieces all over the world.
The need for originality was driven by the needs of the upper class locals, so dozens of new modernist buildings were built in Barcelona. The upper class left the family estates and moved to the center of Barcelona – to unique houses, the appearance of which testified to the money, caste and even the character of the people living in it. Moreover, the desire for individualism was encouraged by the city authorities, who awarded architects with annual awards for the best building in Barcelona. Gaudi went far beyond the usual rules of modernism, which made him the most ambitious and innovative architect.
What was the place of Casa Batlló in Gaudí’s life?
The construction of Casa Batlló marked a new milestone in the work of Antonio Gaudi: he completely departed from the styles known at that time and began to follow exclusively his own architectural solutions. For the construction of the building, he attracted many workers who often did not understand the idea of Gaudi and he had to explain the idea of \u200b\u200beach element “on the fingers”.
Gaudí devoted himself to architecture and never married. It is known that he had feelings and showed interest in only one woman – Joseph Moreau, who works as a teacher in a workers’ cooperative in Mataro, but she did not reciprocate. Salvation Antonio Gaudi found in Catholicism.
What was said about Gaudí
In December 1933, Dali prepared an enthusiastic essay on Gaudí’s architecture for the Minotaur magazine. He called it the most original phenomenon in the history of art.
At the final exam, the principal of the school said: “Gentlemen, we are either a genius or a madman!” To which Gaudi sarcastically remarked: “It seems that now I am an architect.”
For about ten years now there has been a campaign in support of Gaudí’s canonization. It was expected that in 2015 the Pope would sign the instrument of beatification. This would be the third of four stages of canonization. Antonio Gaudí wants to be the patron saint of all architects.
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Casa Batlló in Barcelona (or Batlo House) takes pride of place among the unique creations of the Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí. This is one of the late projects of the architect, he worked on it at the age of 52.
Many experts note that the construction of Casa Batllo in Barcelona marked a new stage in the work of Antonio Gaudí , when he completely departed from the styles known at that time and began to follow exclusively his architectural ideas. Casa Batlló is one of the main attractions in Barcelona . In 1969, the Casa Batllo in Barcelona was recognized as a Spanish monument of national importance, and in 2005 the building was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in the “Creations of Antoni Gaudí” section.
Casa Batlló was not built from scratch by Gaudí. The architect reconstructed an existing residential building commissioned by the textile magnate Josep Batllo y Casanovas, who originally planned the construction of a new building. However, Gaudí decided to keep the main structure of the house, he created two new facades, redesigned the ground floor, built a single courtyard, which improved daylight and ventilation of the house, and also added a stepped roof terrace.
The exterior and interior of the Casa Batlló fully correspond to the architectural style of Gaudi, there are practically no straight lines, wavy outlines appear in all the details of the building. To create the facade, hewn stone was used, mined on the Montjuic mountain in Barcelona. Blue ceramic tiles in a variety of shades were used to decorate the courtyard, with the help of which the architect created a special play of color and shade. The design of the windows of the building is designed in such a way as to achieve the greatest illumination and effective natural ventilation of the building.
The rooftop terrace, according to Antoni Gaudí’s design, was to be not only functional (the chimneys of 27 fireplaces located in Casa Batlló were brought here), but also had an aesthetic component. The roofs of the buildings were for Gaudí like people’s hats, each of which reflects the individuality of its “owner”. As with the construction of the palace in Parc Güell and Casa Mila in Barcelona, Gaudí approached the planning of the terrace on the roof of Casa Batlló with great care. Mosaics were used to decorate it.
It is believed that the external appearance of Casa Batlló resembles the figure of a giant dragon, in the back of which the spear of St. George is stuck. Catalans, like Muscovites, consider St. George to be their patron. The role of the spear is played by a turret on the roof of the house, crowned with the St. George Cross. The facade of the building gives the impression of the scaly skin of a dragon, and the outlines of the bones of the monster’s victims are guessed in the columns and balconies. Popularly, Casa Batlló is often called the House of Bones.
In 1993, Casa Batlló was acquired by the Bernat family, the owner of the Chupa-Chups company. After the restoration, the house was opened to the general public. Currently, this is one of those attractions in Barcelona that must be visited during the tourist visit to the capital of Catalonia .