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Casa Batlló

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Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Gaudí at his most spectacular, the Casa Batlló is actually a makeover: it was originally built in 1877 by Emili Sala Cortés, one of Gaudí's teachers, and acquired by the Batlló family in 1900. Batlló wanted to tear down the undistinguished Sala building and start over, but let Gaudí persuade him to remodel the facade and the interior instead and the result is astonishing. The facade—with its rainbow of colored glass and trencadís (polychromatic tile fragments) and the toothy masks of the wrought-iron balconies projecting outward toward the street—is an irresistible photo op. Nationalist symbolism is at work here: the scaly roof line represents the Dragon of Evil impaled on St. George's cross, and the skulls and bones on the balconies are the dragon's victims—allusions to medieval Catalonia's code of chivalry and religious piety. Gaudí is said to have directed the composition of the facade from the middle of Passeig de Gràcia, calling instructions to workmen on

the scaffolding, about how to place the trencadís. Inside, the translucent windows on the landings of the central staircase light up the maritime motif and the details of the building, all whorls and spirals and curves; here, as everywhere in his oeuvre, Gaudí opted for natural shapes and rejected straight lines.

Budget-conscious visitors will content themselves with the outside view of the Casa Batlló; the admission fee is ridiculously high, and you won't see much inside that you can't also see in the Casa Milà, up the Passeig de Gràcia on the opposite side.

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Passeig de Gràcia 43, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08007, Spain

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Published 08/18/2015


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