Thursday, June 16, 2016

Casa Batlló. Barcelona

Tomorrow we will do beautiful things.  Antoni Gaudí

Casa Batlló. Barcelona

The Eixample catalan for the extension is a neighborhood in Barcelona developed in the second half of the nineteenth century.   The area is indeed an extension built in Barcelona after the demolition of the medieval city walls.  It was design by the Catalan engineer Ildefons Cerda in the 1850's. 

The Eixample is consider to be one of the first examples of modern urban planning.  It was designed to contain everything you will need for your daily live around.  It is known for the airy boulevards and wide sidewalks. 

Nowadays Eixample is famous for being home to the majority of Barcelona's modernist architecture (Catalan Art Nouveau) like Casa Lleó Morerera, Casa Amatller and the well known Casa Milá and Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudí.      

On our last trip to Barcelona, we visited Casa Batlló located in Passeig de Gracia. It is a house reconstructed in 1904 by Gaudí for the aristocrat Josep Batlló.   

The building is known as the casa dels ossos (house of the bones) or casa del drac  (house of the dragon) and it is easy to see why.   The house represent the legend of Saint Jordi and the dragon. From the outside looks like it has been made from skulls and bones and the roof was built to look like the dragon.

Outside and inside the attention to detail is captivating.  Every shape and color has a reason.  Gaudí's architecture is so different and unforgettable.  The building is stunningly original and well worth the visit.

Casa Batlló. Barcelona

Casa Batlló. Barcelona

Casa Batlló. Barcelona

Casa Batlló. Barcelona

Casa Batlló. Barcelona

Casa Batlló. Barcelona

Casa Batlló. Barcelona

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