Casa Batllo was constructed in 1877 and restored by Antoni Gaudi and Josep Mª Jujol from 1905 to 1907. When they decided to completely renovate the whole facade and redesign all the interior spaces of the building.
Gaudi's assistants Domènec Sugrañes i Gras, Josep Canaleta y Joan Rubió also helped with the renovation of the building.
It was originally designed for a middle-class family and is situated in the prosperous Eixample district of Barcelona city.
The address is 43 Passeig de Gracia and it is part of the Illa de la Discòrdia “The Block of Discord” the includes the following buildings:
Passeig de Gràcia 35, designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
Passeig de Gràcia 37, designed by Enric Sagnier
Passeig de Gràcia 41, designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch
Passeig de Gràcia 43, designed by Antoni Gaudí
The facade of Casa Batllo has undulating balconies, ceramic and glass work done in many different colors that give the whole building an amazing luminescence that is all brought together by the steep sinew like roof that resembles a dragon's back.
The roof also hides a loft and a a small circular tower topped by a four armed cross, which is meant to represent the lance of Saint George, the patron saint of Catalonia, which has just been plunged into the back of the dragon.
Like everything Antoni Gaudi built this is an amazing building and locally it is called The House of Bones, just take a look at the balconies and you will immediately see that they have a skeletal resemblance, the columns even look like bones.
There seem to be no straight lines and most of the facade is decorated with a mosaic made from broken ceramic tiles that start in shades of orange and then go to green and blue.
This type of mosaic work can also be seen in Parc Guell.
Casa Batlló is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Barcelona.
It is one of the most important things to do in Barcelona and has only been open to the public since 2002 and was included in UNESCO'S list of World Heritage Sites in 2005.
Casa Batllo is self financed and does not benefit from any public or private subsidies.
Tickets can be bought directly from the ticket office or on the official Casa Batlló website or on the internet from Telentrada and Barcelona Turisme.
Groups 20+: 15.45€
Students, youth Card, Pensioners: 14.55€
Catalan Residents: 14.55€
Children under 7 years of age: Free
Casa Batlló is open 365 days a year Monday to Sunday from 9h00 to 21h00 (The last entrance is at 20h00).
This spreads the visitors throughout the day and also makes it easier for the cruise passengers and other tourists to visit it in the morning.
How to get there
It is in the center of the city and is easily accessible using public transport and the tourist buses.
Get more information on public transportation in Barcelona
You can take buses: 7, 16, 17, 22, 24 y 28
Barcelona Tourist Bus (North and South routes): Casa Batlló -Fundació Antoni Tàpies stop.
City Tours (Barcelona Tours): Stop 3 A, Passeig de Gràcia-Casa Batlló.
Metro station: Passeig de Gràcia: L2, L3 and L4
Get more information on the metro in Barcelona
RENFE: Passeig de Gràcia station
FFGG: Provença station
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