Barcelona: Casa Batllo

Right after we visited Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia we next went to the Eixample district of Barcelona.  This is where there are more Guadi’s works.

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We took the Metro and exited at the Plaza de Catalunya end of the Passeig de Gracia and walk along the most expensive street in Spain.  This street has all the big names in fashion LV, Gucci, Armani … you name it.

You don’t have to be rich to shop here.  You could also get brands like Giccu, Arnami, VSL along the street for a fraction of the price in the stores.  Take a look at how the peddlers holding to the strings.  One hint of trouble, they will be able to wrap everything up in no time.

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We went to Casa Battlo.  This is one of the few masterpieces of Antoni Gaudi and was built over 100 years ago (in 1907).  

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In classical Gaudi style, the design of the building is inspired by the form and shape of nature.

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Casa Battlo is also known as the house of bones because of the skeletal design of the exterior.  The pillar above takes the shape of bones.

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Entrance to see this was €26.40 after the discount from our Barcelona Card.  I find that kind of expensive.

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The entrance fee included the audio guide.  We were complaining about the audio guide.  They should have given us ones that has headsets so that we can have both hands free.

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Frankly, I was bored with the tour.  I mean Casa Battlo is very unique and unlike any building we had ever seen … we were amazed with the design.  It is just that I have very little interest in these sort of stuff.

Suanne on the other hand wants to listen to EVERY topic on the audio guide.  It would not have been so bad if only they have chairs while I wait for her.  There are NOT a single chair here.

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Well, we are here nevertheless.  We just gotta visit at least one of Gaudi’s apartment buildings since we are in Barcelona.  We will lose face if we return to Vancouver and tell people we did not visit a Gaudi’s house.  LOL!

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I would not dispute that Gaudi is creative unlike any other architects.  But one thing I tell Suanne, he sure knows nothing about ergonomics.  For instance, the door knobs while one of a kind but it is so difficult to grasp and turn.

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I love the rooftop though.

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So I took more pictures and was glad when Suanne was done listening to the last topic on the audio guide.

Anyway, here are some more pictures I took.

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  1. Wow, that building is awesome! I hate audio tours which don’t come with headphones – on holidays we carry around our own set of headphones which we can usually stick into the audio tour. I’ll have to visit Barcelona one day, it looks like an interesting place.

  2. gaudi is probably like frank lloyd wright. an icon in architecture, either you appreciate it or you don’t, nothing wrong with that.

  3. oh no…….Barcelona is so awesome…..i love it so much….the building were cool man ….look so fairly tail

  4. Thank you for taking so many pictures of this building. I’m glad you had time while Suanne listened to every topic! It is nice to see all the details, not just the more commonly pictured parts.

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