Casa Mila was constructed from the ground up by Gaudi between 1906 and 1912. Right from the start it threw up lots of controversy and critisism by the time Guadi handed over the keys. Nicknamed by locals as ‘La Pedrera’ (the quarry) the building annoyed the local council (who demanded many changes), the neighbours (who thought it lowered the value of nearby houses) and the construction community (who just thought the whole thing was ugly and bonkers). Not even the owners were overly happy, when Mrs Mila asked Gaudi where she could put her piano in a room with curved walls, he reportedly replied “buy a violin”.
We don’t know what Gaudi thought of his finished building, but it was pretty clear that Barcelona and the world in general didn’t hold it in much esteem becuase by the end of the 70’s it was a mess. But with the Catalan capital winning the right to host the ’92 Olympics, UNESCO declaring Casa Mila a World Heritage Site in 1984 and a general Gaudi revival in full swing, the building went through a massive restoration and is now pretty good shape for a 100+ year old house!
Top TipNot exactly sage advice, but get there as early as you can. The roof gets horribly busy during the peak times.
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Adults 20.50€ (13+) – Juniors (7-12) 10.25€
Students (with card) 16.50€ – U7s Free
We STRONGLY advise to buy tickets ONLINE before you visit
27 February to 2 November: Monday to Sunday, 09.00 to 20.30 (last admission: 20.00)
3 November to 24 December: Monday to Sunday, 09.00 to 18.30 (last admission: 18.00)
26 December to 3 January: Monday to Sunday, 09.00 to 20.30 (last admission: 20.00)
Closed: 25 December