Know all about Gaudi’s Casa Batlló in Barcelona
If you want to know all about Gaudi’s Casa Batlló in Barcelona, make your way to the heart of the city. This building was designed by Antoni Gaudí and is considered one of his masterpieces. A remodel of a previously built house, it was redesigned in 1904 by Gaudí and has been refurbished several times after that.
Gaudí designed many other houses but, surely, Casa Batlló is one of the most appealing. It is not only because of its outrageous façade but, once inside, it is like entering a fantasy world of round shapes and organic forms.
Casa Batlló’s roof terrace with its imposing chimneys is beautiful and when climbing the stairs you submerge into the depths of the ocean sea. This roof is arched and was likened to the back of a dragon or dinosaur. A common theory about the building is that the rounded feature to the left of center, terminating at the top in a turret and cross, represents the lance of Saint George (patron saint of Catalonia, Gaudí’s home), which has been plunged into the back of the dragon.
Casa Batlló is considered as Modernism or Art Nouveau. The ground floor, in particular, has unusual tracery, irregular oval windows, and flowing sculpted stonework. There are few straight lines, and much of the façade is decorated with a colorful mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles.
One of the most interesting facts about the Casa Batlló is that it isn’t called this way by the locals of Barcelona. Here it’s referred to as the “Casa dels Ossos.” This literally translates from Catalan to the “House of Bones.” It’s called this way for the simple reason that the facade resembles a skeleton.
If you want to know more about Casa Batlló, get this poster that shows the interior design of this breathtaking building right in the center of Barcelona, and also watch this enchanting video about the magic of Casa Batlló.