Gaudi’s Casa Batllo is one of the most beautiful residences in the World.
A famous Catalan architect used only shapes, colors, and themes found in marine life to give uniqueness to the Batllo house.
It also has a very interesting history, which makes it quite popular with tourists visiting Barcelona.
Today it attracts more than a million visitors every year who come to marvel at this beautiful house. However, when it was built it wasn’t considered beautiful enough to win the ‘best building award’.
Did you know that Casa Batllo was built by an architecture professor, and 27 years later it was refurbished and redecorated by his student? More such Casa Batllo facts
A lot of tourists planning their Barcelona itinerary search for ‘Casa Batllo Gaudi’ to see if this attraction is worth adding to their list.
Well, the short answer is “Yes, Casa Batllo is totally worth it and you must visit it.”
To understand Casa Batllo and Gaudi better, continue reading.
What is Casa Batllo?
Casa Batllo is a residential building, which attracts more than a million tourists every year.
People come from all over the world come to see this beautiful house, which consists of a basement, a ground floor and four floors above. And of course the Casa Batllo roof, which narrates St George’s legend.
The locals also call it Casa dels ossos or House of Bones Barcelona, since it looks as if it is made up of skulls and bones.
Where is Casa Batllo?
Casa Batllo is in the center of Barcelona. The exact address is Passeig de Gràcia, 43, 08007 Barcelona, Spain.
The street where Casa Batllo is located is also known as Manzana de la Discordia (that is, the Block of Discord).
This block has three beautiful buildings creating a facade and fighting for attention amongst themselves. And hence, the name Manzana de la Discordia.
The buildings are Casa Lleò Morera, designed by Domènech i Montaner, Casa Amatller, designed by Puig i Cadafalch, Casa Mulleras designed by Enric Sagnier and finally Casa Batllo by Antonio Gaudi himself.
When was Casa Batllo built
Casa Batllo was built in two phases. In 1877, the basement, ground floor and four floors on top were built. Back then it wasn’t called Casa Batllo.
In 1903, the Batllo family bought the house and named it Casa Batllo. And the next year they decided to refurbish and redecorate the house.
Construction started in 1904 and lasted till 1906.
Who built Casa Batllo
Two architects have contributed to building Casa Batllo. However, the influence of the second architect is the greatest – and that’s why it is so popular amongst tourists.
Emilio Sala Cortés, who was a Professor at the Barcelona School of Architecture, built Casa Batllo in 1877. Back then there was no electricity in Barcelona.
Twenty-seven years later (in 1904) his student Antonio Gaudi was commissioned to refurbish Casa Batllo.
Gaudi changed it so much, that today it is also referred to as Casa Batllo Gaudi.
Who was Gaudi?
Antoni Gaudi was a Catalan architect, who left an inedible mark with his masterpieces all over Barcelona.
He was inspired by nature, and all his building reflected that. His specialty was his refusal to use straight lines in any of his work.
He loved working on a grand scale. The best example of the scale at which he worked is Sagrada Familia which even after 135 years is still under construction.
What is Casa Batllo used for
The current owners of Casa Batllo Gaudi use the building for two purposes – to attract tourists and to rent out the premises for high-end events.
In 1995, the owners opened Batllo House for the public for the first time. The initiative was a hit, and ever since tourists visiting Casa Batllo have only grown.
In 2005, Casa Batllo became a UNESCO World Heritage site. Today it is the top-three tourist attraction in Barcelona after Sagrada Familia and Park Guell.
Today Casa Batllo is also rented out to corporates, organizations and rich individuals, who want to host their events within its beautiful premises.
Who owns Gaudi’s Casa Batllo
The Bernat Family are the current owners of Casa Batllo. Interestingly, they are also the owners of the Chupa Chups brand of confectionaries.
The Bernats bought Casa Batllo in 1994 and after restoring the house, turned it into a business initiative.
Today, it is one of the most highly rated cultural and tourist attractions of Barcelona. So what are you waiting for?
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