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CASA BATLLÓ – Antoni Gaudí

Detail of the roof with four-pointed cross – Casa Batllò

A unique masterpiece, Casa Batlló is located in the Passeig de Gràcia, one of the most central and famous arteries of Barcelona, next to it, there are other modernist buildings such as the Amteller house or the Lleo house, which are part of the well-known “Golden mile”.

who was Casa Batlló built for?

Casa Batlló was designed by Antoni Gaudí, for a powerful family of the textile industry of Barcelona, which kept the main floor for its own enjoyment, and the rest was destined to lease as it was done at that time. Later it was acquired by the Bernat family who renewed it to open it to the public.

The building was originally designed by Gaudí’s teacher, who taught at the school of architecture, and curiously it was Gaudí himself who totally reformed it to give it a different and imaginative look, in a time where his side could clearly be seen more naturalistic, with organic forms that were appearing in the structure of their designs. To all this Gaudí came to ornament his works without limits, almost ornate.

Details of the interior with shaped waves

Each step of the work was personally supervised by Gaudí, to get the exact position of the glass of the facade and the dishes he had made by hand in Mallorca. In the highest part of the building there is a cross with four arms which appears from the ceiling. The cast iron balconies look like Venetian masks, although they also resemble skulls, victims of the dragon in the legend of Sant Jordi.

On the terrace there are magnificent chimneys covered with pieces of tiles placed in such a way that it looks like a perfect gradient, topped with beautiful ornaments that reflect the sunlight. The roof is also topped with tiles that look like scales, made of ceramic, and that give a iridescent appearance when it shines.

Casa Batlló has been part of the Unseco World Heritage since 2005 and its contribution to architectural transformation.

Where is Casa Batlló

Passeig de Gràcia, 43,
08007 Barcelona – Spain

What is the nearest bus stop

Buses
Líneas: H10, V15, 7, 22 y 24.

What is the closest metro station

Passeig de Gràcia: L2, L3 y L4.

Train

RENFE: Passeig de Gràciac station
FGC: Provença station

What time is Casa Batllo open?

365 days a year
Open 9 a.m to 9 p.m
(last admission 8:00 p.m)

Official webstite to buy the tickets

PARC GÜELL BARCELONA

What is the Parc Güell

Filled with trees, curves and very colorful, Park Güell was built in 1900 as a private park and became public in 1922. There is much to do in Park Güell from its elaborate staircase to the pavilions tour, the oval square and much more. Next to the park, in the Way of the Rosary, is located the Pink Tower, the Gaudí residence between 1906 and 1925 and that today is a very interesting museum to know. Everything inside the Park Güell is magical and you will want to photograph every detail of the buildings. To save a bit and secure your entrance, buy the tickets directly on the park’s website.

The dream of Gaudí

The model in which the park was inspired by Gaudí was in the English educational establishments with the houses scattered around the enclosure where everyone could live at their own pace, based on these premises Güell and Gaudí designed the park.

Güell had to buy adjoining land to form a silhouette that had 7 sides, and 7 doors with a total of 12 hectares and divided it into 60 equal triangles, in the center of each plot was built a property with a garden, in an era where families rich had many children and servitude.

Another inspiration of the park was the Sanctuary of Apollo a model of the sacred precincts of antiquity. Güell and Gaudí wanted it to be a private urbanization, but the truth is that in this park nothing was normal, beginning with its architecture but also with the dream of a perfect society.

Park Güell overflows with symbolism, of the 7 doors, 3 were built with bars, two on the tips and one on the highest side of the park, but the main entrance greater and more grandiose in proportion to the wall, never reached to be made. Next to the entrance there are very curious pavilions and that the outer wall closes based on them.

Gaudí mixed several symbolisms in one thing, for example in front of the pavilion on the right there is a strange cave that was thought to park cars but at the same time because of its size and texture it looks like an elephant, but you can only see the belly and the legs although if you look closely from inside and outside sore to show the trunk and tail. also with the cave paid homage to the famous medieval crypt of Sant Pere de Rodes (Cadaqués) which has a very similar central column. As the playful thinking predominates and this is not the only elephant, the two pavilions at the entrance amaze with their amazing roof with bright colors that reflect the sunlight. It has the shape of a saddle but not of a horse, but of a much wider elephant, which can carry towers as in old paintings with warriors.

How to get Parc Güell Barcelona

The park is in Carrer d’Olot, s / n, and a tip to get to Park Güell is to take buses, because there are several lines that pass close to the park and is a great way to get away from the traffic of the city. The bus lines that go to it are at 24, 31, 32, 74, 92 and 112, another way to get there is by subway, you should exit at the Lesseps station of Line 3. Be sure to go in the late afternoon and contemplate the beautiful sunset, that can be seen from the highest part of the park.

Timetable Parc Güell

The time of visit to the Park varies according to the season, months and every year. In the low season, the schedules between January 1st and March 25th from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and from October 29th to December 31st from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. between March 26th and April 30th, the hours are from 8:00 a.m to 08:30 p.m. In the high season (spring-summer) between May 1st and August 27th, the hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Lastly, in the middle season (summer-fall), from August 28th to October 28th, the hours are from 8:00 a.m to 8:30 p.m

JOAN MIRÓ FUNDATION

Fundació Joan Miró – Barcelona

what is the Joan Miró fundation

Created by Jaon Miró opens its doors in 1975 in Barcelona, fundamentally private collection, establish a space to investigate contemporary art and Miró. Since its opening, Joan Miró works, share space with works by current artists.

In the foundation, itinerant exhibitions of modern artists are organized, as well as academic activities with other establishments in the country.

The building where the foundation is housed was designed by Josep Lluis Sert in which the architect and the artist planned the environments where the works were going to be, creating a symbiosis between Miró and other contemporary artists of this century.

who is joan Miró

Maximum representative of Surrealism, he was born in Barcelona in 1893, his works reveal his admiration for Catalan culture as well as his interest in everything related to children.

Showroom Joan Miro Fundation – Barcelona

Miró considered that traditional painting techniques were an obstacle to progress towards modern artistic growth.

1 Naturaleza muerta con zapato viejo – 2 El carnaval del arlequin – 3 Interior holandés – Joan Miró Barcelona

Timetable Joan Miró Barcelona

Tuesday, wednesday and friday
November to march:
10 — 18 h
April to October:
10 — 20 h
Thursday
10 — 21 h
Saturday
10 — 20 h
Sunday
10 — 15 h
Mondays no holidays
Closed

Joan Miró fundation rates

General admission to Joan Miró collection + temporary exposition
12 €
Reduce *: 7 €
* Studients from 15 to 30 years old and adults from 65 years old

How to get there

Bus
55 and 150 (bus Parc de Montjuïc)
Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona

Funicular de Montjuïc
Paral·lel – Parc de Montjuïc
(metro Paral·lel, tarifa integrada)
Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona

where is joan miro’s museum

Parc de Montjuïc
08038 Barcelona
T +34 934 439 470
Website Fundació Joan Miró

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