Casa Batlló

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It is said that the rooftop of the Casa Batlló is a sleeping, colourful dragon, one that receives almost a million visitors a year. Together with the one in the Park Guell, the Casa Batlló hosts the most famous dragon of the city of Barcelona!

Once you get your Casa Batlló online tickets and thus visit this monument, you will be in front of an incredibly detailed universe of symbolism. The greatness of Antoni Gaudí can be found in his work, so imprinted in the essence of the city of Barcelona. Keep reading to discover all about the Casa Batlló!

A little bit of history

The casa Batlló is located in the district of L'Eixample, a whole district that was projected in the middle of the 19th century in order to form the city of Barcelona as we know it today. Did you know that before the Eixample was built, Barcelona was only formed by the old town and the neighbourhoods that were closest to the sea, like Poblenou and Sants-Montjuic, among others? The charming upper neighbourhoods of Barcelona, such as Horta, Gràcia or Sarrià, were independent townships and not a part of the city.

But then, L'Eixample was planned and built, and it quickly became one of the most important arteries of the city. The road that communicated Gràcia with Barcelona became Passeig de Gràcia, the most elegant and expensive avenue of the city, and the Catalan bourgeoisie bought many of the properties located there. A common practice by the owners of the building was then commission a new façade or building, and they hired an architect to do so, the best one they could afford. The bourgeois family would then name their building after them, and those names are still used today. This is why nowadays we talk about the Casa Amatller, the Casa Milà (better known as La Pedrera)... Or the Casa Batlló itself!

The Casa Batlló was designed by Antoni Gaudí, and built between 1904 and 1906. Although, did you know that it wasn't really built then? In fact, the Casa Batlló was a remodelling of an already existing house from 1875. When textile businessman Josep Batlló i Casanovas bought the building in 1903, he had planned to demolish it. However, he finally decided to just remodel it and stablish his private residence there - the rest of the apartments would be for rent. He hired the already renowned architect Antoni Gaudí, who was already working in his masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia. That didn't make the project of the Casa Batllo any less ambitious, though: Gaudí made several changes to find the best structural solution to any problem, and put all his creative genius in the work.

The Casa Batllo is still a private property nowadays. In 1993 was bought by the Bernat family, owners of the Chupa Chups company, who restored it and opened it to the public. In 2005, the UNESCO declared it as a World Heritage Site, as many other works by Gaudí.

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