Discover Casa Batlló
Located in the area known as “La Manzana de la Discordia” (literally meaning The City Block of Contention), Casa Batlló is a landmark in the city of Barcelona. It was designed by Gaudí who, at the time of its construction was engaged in an intense competition with other architects, (Puig i Cadafalch and Domènech i Montaner) to make the largest mark on the city.
This rivalry resulted in the creation of the “The Block of Contention” on Passeig de Gràcia street, were these three architects designed their masterpieces side by side: Casa Amatller by Puig i Cadafalch, Casa Lleó Morera by Domènech i Montaner and, finally, Casa Batlló by Gaudí.
In today’s post from Barcelona City Tellers, we want to talk to you about the Casa Batlló and give you some advice on how you can make the most of your visit to this famous Gaudí building.
Brief history of the Casa Batlló
We start by getting to know a little background on the Casa Batlló in order to understand a little more about why it is recognized as such an architectural masterpiece.
It is an old house built in 1877 and its owner Josep Batlló commissioned Gaudí to renovate it, giving him full control over the new design. The project began in 1904 and was blocked by local authorities, as the innovative design did not complied with many of the city’s traditional regulations. Nevertheless, Gaudí did not cease in pursuing its construction, never compromised and achieved to completely remodel the whole building.
The new design included brand new elements that weren’t part of the original structure such as the gallery, attic, and balconies and, of course, the polychrome ceramics, which provides its modernist aesthetic. However, it is the outside where Gaudí achieved the most spectacular results, creating one of the most impressive façades in the world.
The façade of the Casa Batlló
Let’s look a little closer at the façade of the Casa Batlló, as it is here that Gaudí managed to truly make the building into a work of art. It was created with an abundance of modernist materials such as the stonework, ceramics and forged iron giving its striking aesthetic highlighting light and color.
Gaudí organized a superb team of specialists with Josep Maria Jujol and Joan Rubió i Bellver and the best of artisan carpenters, potters and stain glass experts in the country who helped achieve the result we admire today in Barcelona.
So, why is the façade so spectacular? It seems as if it is out of a fantasy story, from an impossible world of imagination. The wavy form of the Casa Batlló manages to give the building a halo of surrealism, something that was radically new at the time and still surprising today.
In addition, to provide a little more detail, the façade was covered in a trencadís of different colors and more than 300 ceramics disks were used to achieve this optical effect which changes depending on position of the light. In short, it strides the line between reality and fantasy to provide one of the most amazing constructions in the world.
If you look at the top of the roof, you will see that it takes the shape of a reptile’s body. Its large scales bear a great resemblance to other works in the city by Gaudí, such as those found in Park Güell, for example.
Many people have debated what the façade of Casa Batlló might actually represent: the most common interpretation is that is an allusion to the legend of San Jordi due to the presence of a cross and body of a dragon.
Our tips for visiting this Gaudí building
If you want to make the most of your visit to the Casa Batlló, we recommend going early in the morning or, if this isn’t feasible, late in the afternoon (around 7pm) to avoid the large queues at the entrance.
We also recommend that, even though it is closed to the public in the evening, you stop to admire the façade as it is beautifully lit by the lampposts on Passeig de Gràcia at night.
If you want to discover the history of the Casa Batlló in depth, we recommend you take our Gaudí Tour. It has been developed by our expert local architects who will not only take you to this beautiful place, but will also bring you to the Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera and others. It is an introductory tour where we talk about Gaudí’s impact on the city itself.
If you want to experience something more unique, we recommend our private tour, which will allow you to enjoy a VIP visit to Casa Batlló, accessing spaces otherwise closed to the public. This tour ends with a glass of Champagne on the spectacular terrace overlooking views of Barcelona whom few get to experience.
If you would like to discover Casa Batlló and the Sagrada Familia on the same day, we also offer you the possibility of a combined visit where we provide luxury transfer between one building and the other: in an elegant limousine or luxury car.
So that you can easily plan your visit to the Casa Batlló, here’s some practical information to consider:
Opening Hours of the Casa Batlló
It is open between 9am and 9pm with the last entrance at 8pm. You will need at least an hour to discover its wonders inside. It is open 365 days a year, although we recommend you check the calendar on the website in case of exceptions.
Casa Batlló Address
It is located on 43 Passeig de Gracia in the Eixample area of Barcelona. The closest metro lines are the L2, L3 and L4 from the Passeig de Gracia metro stop or it is a 10 minute walk from Plaça Catalunya were you also have the L1 metro line and multiple bus stops.
Tickets for Casa Batlló: how much and where to buy them
We recommend that you buy tickets for Casa Batlló from the official website to avoid endless queues. There are different prices with different benefits, so you can know which are the best for you.
If you prefer to join the queue, you can purchase them from the box office at the building from 9am to 9pm.
Here is the price list for Casa Batlló:
- General admission: 23.5 €
- FastPass: 28.5 € – this allows you to skip the queue
- Open ticket: 30.5 € – you can buy your ticket for Casa Batlló without choosing the date and go when it most suits you
There are also discount tickets for Casa Batlló if you are a resident of Barcelona, a student or if you are over 65 years of age. You can find out about all the ticket offers here.
Make the most of your visit to Barcelona by discovering one of Gaudí’s most outstanding architectural jewels: Casa Batlló.
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