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Inside La Pedrera, Barcelona – interiors and top views of Casa Mila

La Pedrera Terrace

Looks like you are planning a visit to La Pedrera (or Casa Mila as it was originally known as). Good decision because your holiday in Barcelona can’t be complete without seeing the beauty that is La Pedrera.

La Pedrera is Gaudi’s modernist masterpiece built between the years 1906 and 1912. It is one of the many Gaudi’s works in Barcelona attracting millions every year.

The irregular design of La Pedrera’s exterior is well complemented by the stunning architecture of its interiors.

In terms of popularity, La Pedrera comes right after Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and Casa Batllo.

When it was built it was named Casa Mila after the owners Roser and her husband Pere Mila. However, the locals thought the house looked like a stone quarry and came up with the nickname ‘La Pedrera’ which means ‘stone quarry’ in Spanish. The nickname stuck forever. Check out more such interesting La Pedrera facts.

Note: La Pedrera and Casa Mila refer to the same building and have been used interchangeably in the article below.

Inside La Pedrera, Barcelona

La Pedrera’s design and structure offers a lot to its visitors. We can assure you that you will love the experience of being in a house which has no right angles. Yes, this house is all curves and waves and no right angles.

Starting from the roof to the courtyard, the attic and the museum within, there are many things you will be impressed by. Find out everything about Casa Mila tickets.

1. Top views of La Pedrera’s roof

The roof is indeed a special attraction. It will give you an out-of-the-world experience. The wavy floors and the crawling chimneys add up to the appeal of the place. With 28 chimneys and wavy floors, you are destined to have an experience of the lifetime.

Check out some of the top views of Casa Mila:

Sunset on Casa Mila's roof
The roof is the highlight of Casa Mila. Besides the beautifully designed chimneys, ventilation shafts and staircases it also offers an outstanding view of Barcelona city. Image: Happyinspain.com
Sagrada Familia from Casa Mila roof
The best time to be on La Pedrera’s roof is 5 pm when the sun is throwing different colors onto the sky. The colorful backdrop helps take amazing photographs. This is also the time to see the beautiful city of Barcelona from the rooftop – with the sun kissing every building. In pic, you can see Sagrada Familia in the distance. Image: Circumnavigatorblog.com
Chimneys on La Pedrera roof
Legend has it that Darth Vader was inspired by the chimneys on Casa Mila’s terrace. But then, there is no proof. Image: Chriswalts.com
Tourists on Casa Mila roof
Award-winning Spanish poet Pere Gimferrer has called the stepped roof of La Pedrera, “the garden of warriors” because the chimneys appear to be protecting the skylights. Image: Hellojetlag.com
Top View from La Pedrera
Since there are no right angles in the whole building, when you look down from the roof of Casa Mila you see this wavy well. Image: Mywanderlustylife.com

2. Courtyard at La Pedrera

Courtyard inside Casa Mila
Architect Antoni Gaudi ensured Casa Mila’s courtyard was open and airy and directly visible to those accessing the building. Image: Spainattractions.es
Courtyard inside la Pedrera
Gaudi made sure people entering the building were wowed from the word go, and that’s why the visuals in the La Pedrera’s courtyard make for amazing photo opportunities. Image: Wikimedia.org

The two separate buildings of the Casa Mila intersect at this famous courtyard. The design is such that it will appear as if that they are two waves of water crashing on to one another.

The constant curvy sight is sure to put you in a state of trance and the enchanting courtyard with floral motif murals perhaps can be described as the epitome of Catalan architecture.

3. La Pedrera’s Attic

With as many as 270 parabolic arches, supporting the roof above, the attic is sure to wow you.

The attic, which was originally the laundry room, is now converted into a museum. The museum allows the travelers a glimpse into the life and art of Gaudi.

Many tourists compare this part of the building to the rib-case of a massive animal.

The attic of Casa Batllo, one of Gaudi’s masterpieces just 700 meters (3000 feet) from La Pedrera, also has a similar rib-cage design.

Recommended Reading: Casa Batllo or Casa Mila – which is better?

Espai Gaudi inside Casa Mila
The Espai Gaudí (the Gaudi room) is located in the attic of La Pedrera. This Gaudi museum helps you understand the man who built masterpieces such as Park Guell, Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo etc. Image: Bcncatfilmcommission.com

4. Apartment at Casa Mila

The main apartment has two separate parts. The first part is an audio-visual presentation room. And the second part is the famous La Pedrera apartment. This is the exact place where Pere Milà lived with his family.

You can enjoy a journey back in time as the interiors including the bathroom, kitchen, living room, and bedroom are all kept intact. The children’s toy kept intact, frozen in time, might give you some creepy chills.

Apartment inside Casa Mila
Besides constructing the house Antoni Gaudi was also responsible for the decor, designing furniture and accessories such as lamps, planters, chairs etc. You can see Gaudi’s interior designing skills at the Mila family’s apartment, which is maintained as is on the fourth floor of La Pedrera. Image: Wechasesummer.com
La Pedrera Apartment
This apartment in Casa Mila recreates the home and lifestyle of a Spanish family in Barcelona in the early 20th century – so don’t miss it. Your ticket for La Pedrera gives you access to this apartment. Image: Spainattractions.es

Still not convinced? Check out our ten reasons why Casa Mila is worth it.

Important: When you buy tickets online, you save 3 Euros (because you don’t pay the window surcharge) and you also avoid the queue.

Buy ‘Skip The Line’ tickets to La Pedrera

The online tickets will be emailed to you. To gain entry, just show them at the entrance of the attraction.

Recommended Reading
1. Casa Mila tickets – online tickets for La Pedrera
2. Casa Mila opening time, best time to visit, location etc
3. Casa Batllo tickets – Fast Pass, tickets price, discounts, buy online
4. Inside Casa Batllo – interior pictures of Batllo house

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