Casa Batllo, locally known as the 'house of bones', is a remodelling job. In 1904, Gaudi convinced the new owners he could do a re-design and they didn't need to pull down the original building and start from scratch. Clearly a man of vision, Señor Batllo told Gaudi to do whatever he wanted. The transformation was incredible. Interestingly, Barcelona City Council chose the design as a candidate for 'house of the year' and then promptly gave the award to someone else!
Inside, Gaudi renovated the first floor into a 700m² apartment for the Batllo family, added new floors and expanded the interior well to bring light to all levels of the building. Outside, the facade is an organic masterpiece of flowing masonry and the roof, with its distinctive scaly tiles and swordlike bell-tower is a homage to Catalonia's patron saint, Sant Jordi, who according to legend, killed a dragon.
It is, quite frankly, bonkers. Gaudi doing what Gaudi does best. What on earth the locals thought of it a 100 years ago is anyones guess, but if you do not have time to see anything else by the Catalan master while you are here, then, in our humble opinion, Casa Batllo is the one to pick.
During the summer months, Casa Batllo hold 'Magic Nights'. You can book online, its a little more expensive but you can enjoy the visit 'after-dark' combined with live music, drinks and a lot less people!
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telephone (+34) 932160306
Adults 22.50€ - Juniors (7-18) & Students (with card) 19.50€
Seniors (65+) 19.50€ - Residents 15.00€ - U7s Free
We STRONGLY advise to buy tickets ONLINE before you visit
Every Day . . Yeeha!
09.00 - 21.00
(last entry at 20.00)
sometimes they close for special events