An essential visit to Barcelona is Casa Batlló, one of Antoni Gaudí’s most outstanding works, which has also been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005. In today’s post, we will tell you about our visit, the most outstanding works, and some recommendations to make your visit to Casa Batlló great.
What to see at Casa Batlló and when to visit it?
A little history of Casa Batlló
The building of Casa Batlló dates back to 1875, although it was nothing like the building we know today. It was built by one of Gaudí’s architectural professors, Emilio Sala Cortés.
In 1903, the house was bought by Josep Batlló i Casanovas, a prominent businessman from Barcelona that had several textile factories. For the renovation he hired Antoni Gaudí, whom he gave total creative freedom.
Initially, the entrepreneur wanted to demolish the building and build a new one, but thanks to Gaudí’s audacity, the collapse was ruled out and a comprehensive reform was made, lasting two years, from 1904 to 1906.
Gaudí completely restored and modified the facade, the courtyard of lights, and the interior, turning this building into a work of art and an icon of the city of Barcelona.
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In the 1950s, Casa Batlló changed owners and ceased to belong to the Batlló family. It was in the hands of different private companies and individuals and since the nineties belongs to the Bernat family.
The Bernat family has been in charge of fully restoring the house and opening it to the world. First, by offering the space for events, then for cultural visits, and finally by continuously innovating in its offer and content.
Since 2005, Casa Batlló is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the top-rated attractions of Barcelona and has 1 million visitors a year. Without a doubt, this is an essential visit while staying in the city of Barcelona.
The works of Casa Batlló
As I told you above, Josep Batlló, gave Gaudí total creative freedom and Gaudí was inspired by nature to create this work of art, which we know as Casa Batlló.
Many of the shapes we see in this famous House are of animals, you will see elements such as skulls, bones, you will not see straight lines, you will probably see the shape of the water, many colors, and even a dragon on the roof.
But you better make the visit and find out on your own, don’t you think? I’ll leave you some pictures.
The video guide at Casa Batlló seems like a blast to me. When you enter instead of the typical audio guide, you get a kind of mobile, with its augmented reality app. Where you can see what the house was like when the Batlló family still resided there. Plus, you have the feedback you can hear in the audio.
This video guide is included with the ticket price.
Curiosities of Casa Batlló
- Gaudí is said to have not used plans to make the works of Casa Batlló
- He’s got a dragon on the roof.
- It’s on the apple of discord. It is named after the 5 modernist buildings that are side by side in the Passeig de Gracia. The name “discord” comes from the strong professional rivalry between Domenech i Montaner, Puig i Cadafalch, and Antoni Gaudí.
- Some of the interior furniture was also designed by Gaudí.
- This work by Gaudí was presented to a contest of artistic buildings in 1907 and went totally unnoticed by the jury of the time.
- Enric Bernat, the “inventor” of Chupa Chups bought the Gaudí House, which still belongs to the Bernat family today.
- It has more than 1 million visitors a year.
Recommendations to take advantage of the visit
- The best time to visit Casa Batlló is when it is just open, at 9 a.m. Weekdays are better.
- Buy tickets online, so you avoid queuing to buy the ticket and just queue in.
- You can make the visit at your own pace but set aside at least 1 hour so you don’t miss anything.
- It’s allowed to take photos.
- Visit the stairs enjoying each stay.
General information of Casa Batlló
- Hours: 9 to 21 hours every day of the year.
- Buy tickets online without queues
- Address: Passeig de Gracia, 43 – 08007 Barcelona
How to get there?
Getting there is very easy as Casa Batlló is in the heart of the city. You can get there by tourist bus, by metro, walking.
- Metro lines: L2, L3 and L4
- Train: Passeig de Gracia Station
- Bus: H10, V15, 7, 22 and 24
- Tourist Bus: red and blue route.
More activities around Barcelona
- Free Walking Tour in Barcelona
- Sagrada Familia & Towers Guided Tour
- Camp Nou Tour
- Barcelona Tapas Tour
- Guided Tours in Barcelona
Some of the images have been ceded by Casa Batlló.
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