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Casa Milà

  • Passeig de Gràcia 92 Map It
  • Eixample
  • Building/Architectural Site
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/20/2018

Fodor's Review

Usually referred to as "La Pedrera" (the Stone Quarry), this building, with its wavy, curving stone facade undulating around the corner of the block, is one of Gaudí's most celebrated yet initially reviled designs. Topped by chimneys so eerie they were nicknamed espantabruxes (witch scarers), the Casa Milà was unveiled in 1910 to the horror of local residents. The exterior has no straight lines; the curlicues and wrought-iron foliage of the balconies, sculpted by Josep Maria Jujol, and the rippling, undressed stone, made you feel, as one critic put it, "as though you are on board a ship in an angry sea."

Gaudí's rooftop chimney park, alternately interpreted as veiled Saharan women or helmeted warriors, is as spectacular as anything in Barcelona, especially in late afternoon when the sunlight slants over the city into the Mediterranean. Inside, the handsome Espai Gaudí (Gaudí Space) in the attic has excellent critical displays of Gaudí's works from all over Spain,

as well as explanations of his theories and techniques. The Pis de la Pedrera apartment is an interesting look into the life of a family that lived in La Pedrera in the early 20th century. People still occupy the other apartments.

In the summer, lines of visitors waiting to see the Pedrera can stretch a block or more; sign up for the "Gaudí's Pedrera: The Origins" tour of the building by night, with a spectacular son et lumière projection. Check the website for tour times and book online. Bookings are essential. On Nits d'Estiu (Friday and Saturday summer nights) the Espai Gaudí and the roof terrace are open for drinks and jazz concerts; the doors open at 8:30 pm and concerts begin at 9.

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  • Casa Mila, The Eixample, Barcelona, Spain

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  • Chimneys, Casa Mila, Barcelona, Spain

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  • Chimneys, Casa Mila, Barcelona

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Sight Information

Address:

Passeig de Gràcia 92, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08008, Spain

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Phone:

93-214–2576

Sight Details:

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Published 08/20/2018

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