Casa Batlló in Barcelona, splendid architecture by Gaudi

Located at number 43 on the prestigious avenue Passeig de Gràcia, Casa Batlló was built between 1904 and 1906 by Gaudí for the industrialist Josep Batlló. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the building captivates visitors with its spectacular Modernista architecture and profusion of visual effects. Passers-by are irresistibly drawn to the exceptional polychrome façade decorated with mosaics and plant motifs, crowned by an undulating ceramic roof that evokes the sea. The artistic use of materials and colours succeeds in recreating the light and transparency of the Mediterranean Sea: a house that seems to have stepped out of a fairytale!

La Casa Batllo

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The history of Casa Batlló in Barcelona

In 1995, almost 90 years after it was built, the basement, ground floor and first floor of the house, covering almost 1,840m², were restored. It wasn't until 2002 that part of the building was opened to the public. Since then, as repairs have been carried out, new rooms such as the attic and the roof have been made accessible. In 2013, almost the entire site was open to the public. Details of the construction process are revealed to the most curious.

Several interpretations have been developed as to the meaning of the colours and shapes of the façades. The most pertinent is that Gaudí was inspired by the sea bed, hence the predominance of navy blue. He is said to have designed Casa Batllò as a living organism in which each element has its place and function. For some, the house is a kind of marine refuge that protects its inhabitants from the outside world. Unfortunately, Gaudí never really said much about the meaning of his work.

La façade de la maison Casa Battlo

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Although Casa Batllò was built at the very beginning of the 20th century, Gaudí opted for an ecological approach when it came to electricity and ventilation. The rooms were lit by patios that acted as sk ylights, and air-conditioning was provided by a clever system of chimneys and vents inspired by Catalan techniques that are still used today.

The first recognition of the building came in 1962, when it was included in the heritage list of Barcelona City Council. Seven years later, in 1969, it was listed as an artistic historic monument in Spain. In 2005, Casa Batllò and seven other works by Gaudí were included in UNESCO's World Heritage List.

Why go to Casa Batlló?

Casa Batlló, Antoni Gaudí's modernist museum, is one of the city's main attractions. Gaudí renovated this 1875 house in 1904 for Josep Batlló i Casanovas, with eight houses spread over four floors. The building is currently valued at over 70 million euros. The house is a piece of modern Catalan architecture. The central theme of the building is Sant Jordi, who played a very important role in the city of Barcelona. The tour is fun, even for children, thanks to an augmented reality tablet that lets you view the different rooms in 360°.

Casa Batllo interior

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Practical info

📍 Location: Pg. de Gràcia, 43, 08007 Barcelona, Spain

🚌 Getting there: accessible by metro, with lines 2, 3 and 4, arriving at Passeig de Gracia station. It can also be reached by RENFE train, arriving at Estación Passeig de Gracia station. You can also get there by bus, on several routes.

Opening times: Monday to Sunday, 9am to 10pm

👛 Prices: from 23 euros

🕑 Duration on site: 1 hour

🎟️ You can book your ticket in advance and find out more about tickets and the various packages on offer here

Where to sleep?

Hotel Granvia Barcelona

Hotel Granvia

The Granvia is set in an impressive 19th-century building, 100 metres from the shops and restaurants of Passeig de Gràcia. This luxury hotel has free Wi-Fi and a terrace.
9 Fabulous
£134 / night

A few tips for your visit

  • Casa Batlló offers a free Wi-Fi connection to all visitors.
  • There is also a souvenir shop where you can buy lovely gifts for your loved ones.
  • Visitors in wheelchairs can take the full tour, visiting all parts of the house.
  • The audio guide is available in French. The written text of the audio guide is also available in French.
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