Casa Batlló Barcelona
Casa Batlló Barcelona
Things You Should Know About Casa Batlló Before Visiting Barcelona
What's Casa Batlló?
Casa Batlló is a modernist building designed by Antoni Gaudi, located in the center of Barcelona, very close to the Casa Milà (La Pedrera).
The building is called after his first owner (Josep Batlló), that’s why ‘Casa Batllo’ means Batllo’s house. Josep Batlló was a successful businessman in Barcelona who bought the building in 1903 and asked Antoni Gaudi to be in charge of the refurbishment.
The initial building was built by Emilio Sala (one of Gaudí’s architecture professors). At first, Josep Batlló wanted to demolishing the building, however Gaudi decided to don’t do it and reformed it completely. The project started on 1904 and finished on 1906, changing the whole building inside down.
Nowadays, Casa Batlló is open to the public, a ticket needs to be purchased to visit the inside of the house, but the façade can be seen for free from outside when walking in the street.
Casa Batlló is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular buildings in Barcelona.
Why is Casa Batllo called ‘House of Bones’?
Casa Batllo is also know as ‘House of bones’ or ‘House of the dragon’ since the windows in the first floors have some columns in the middle that look like the shape of bones, and the roof is similar to a dragon’s back.
Gaudi never explained the meaning of this decoration, however many people believe he wanted to represent the legend of Saint George (Sant Jordi), patron saint of Catalonia. The cross on the top symbolises the sword that killed the dragon and the columns the bones of the people who died to feed him. The balconies have the shape of a mask, which may symbolise the skulls.
How much does it cost to visit Casa Batlló?
Casa Batlló offers two different tours: the standard visit (with smartguide) from 25€ or the theatrical visit from 37€. The theatrical is only available Sundays at 5 pm and it’s a guided tour done by actors that represent Gaudi and Batllo’s family.
Tickets can be bought at the ticket office, however it´s better to buy it online in advance to save money and time, specially if you are thinking to visit the building in summer or weekends. Try to get an early spot, between 9 am – 10 am, if you want to be the first one to get in.
Casa Batlló for free?
There is no way to get in Casa Batlló for free unless there is a special event. However, it’s free for kids under 12 years old and they offer special discounts for people under 18 years or over 65 year, and residents in Catalonia.
Casa Batlló opening hours
The first visit is at 10 a.m and the last one is at 6 pm.
How long does it take to visit Casa Batlló?
The standard visit will take you around 60 minutes, although you can stay inside as long as you want. The theatrical visit lasts approximately 1 hour.
Is Casa Batlló worth it?t
Casa Batlló is a fantastic building and it’s a must do if you want to know more about Gaudi’s work. If your are travelling on a tight budget, you should at least visit the building from outside. The façade is breathtaking and it has plenty of symbolism.