Isn't it beautiful? I love Gaudí, I still remember when I was little and my granny used to take me to visit all his buildings during summer time. Casa Batlló, the sleeping dragon, it is a key building in the modernist architecture in Barcelona. It was built between 1904 and 1906 for Josep Batlló, a textile industrialist.
The façade it is recognisable in the distance, there is no building as this one, it is located in well known block of discord - a series of modernist buildings that are located in the same block and among them is Casa Batlló-.
Casa Batlló is where all Gaudí shines in his naturalist decoration and architecture. He get his inspiration from the nature and his natural shapes and curves, he practices his naturalism in the façade. The sandstone used in the façade it is from Montjuïc, the columns are bone shaped and decorated with tiles. These tiles are color grading from geen to deep blue-violet and pink.
The top of the building is a huge gable in the same level as the roof, the roof recalls the spine of a dragon being the tiles the scales of his spine. There is a small window that simulates the eye. The legend says that through this window it was possible to see the Sagrada Familia that at that time was being built. However, now with newer buildings the view of Sagrada Familia is blocked.
Gaudi loves the roofs and likes decorating useful parts of the building such as the upper water tanks to appear as part of the decoration. On the roof there are different towers. There are four chimney stacks, that are designed to prevent backdraughts, one of these with a cross of four arms that recalls a plant, another tower with bulb-shape also reminds the shape of a flower. This symbols are part of the naturalism expressed in the buildings of Gaudí.
The architect was a very religious man and often in his buildings there are religious decorations, in Casa Batlló de towers have monograms of Jesus, Maria and Joseph.
Casa Batlló opened its doors in 2002 and allowed the public to visit the noble floor. In 2002 the building was opened to the public as part of the International Year of Gaudí celebration. In 2005 Casa Batlló became a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Casa Batlló is a must of Gaudí's work followed by La Pedrera and La Sagrada Família, I think that Barcelona is very lucky to have that many Gaudí's buildings in the same city and this helps understand the potential and the artist background Barcelona has and had in the past years.
Opening hours: 9.00 am to 9.00 pm
Price: 20,35 euros price for foreigners
There are reductions for students, children etc...
The visit can be done with an audioguide that is included in the entrance price.