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Casa Batllo

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Casa Batllo is a building designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí, the most representative of Catalan modernism. It is a complete renovation of a previous building on the site, by Emilio Sala Cortés. It is located at number 43 of Passeig de Gràcia, a wide avenue that crosses the Eixample district, in the so-called Block of Discord, because it houses other works by modernist architects: Casa Amatller, by Josep Puig i Cadafalch; Casa Lleó Morera, by Lluís Domènech i Montaner; Casa Mulleras, by Enric Sagnier; and Casa Josefina Bonet, by Marceliano Coquillat. The construction was carried out between 1904 and 1906.

Casa Batllo is a reflection of Gaudí’s artistic maturity: it belongs to his naturalist stage (first decade of the 20th century), when the architect perfected his personal style, inspired by the organic forms of nature. He applied a series of new structural solutions based on his deep analysis of ruled geometry. To this he added a great creative freedom and an imaginative ornamental creation: starting from a certain baroque style, his works acquire a great structural richness, with shapes and volumes devoid of rationalist rigidity or any classical premise.

To visit Casa Batllo you can buy tickets online at their official website . The opening hours are every day from 9:00 to 20:00. The approximate duration of the visit is 1 hour and 15 minutes. You can also enjoy magic nights with concerts and drinks on the roof terrace of Casa Batlló, under the sky of Barcelona.

To get to Casa Batllo you can use public transport: metro (lines L2, L3 and L4), bus (lines 7, 16, 17, 22 and 24) or train (RENFE and FGC). You can also use taxi or bike. There are several parking lots nearby if you come by car.

Some tips for visiting Casa Batllo are: download their app for an immersive experience with augmented reality and virtual reality; book your tickets in advance to avoid queues and get discounts; choose the time slot that suits you best; wear comfortable shoes and clothes; respect the rules of hygiene and safety measures; and enjoy the beauty and symbolism of Gaudí’s masterpiece.

Some of the tours you can choose are: Be the First (access before opening hours), Blue (general admission), Silver (fast pass), Gold Priority (VIP access), Night (evening visit), Open Date (flexible ticket), or Magic Nights (concert and drink).

Some of the prohibitions you should respect are: do not touch anything inside the house; do not smoke or eat; do not use flash or tripod for photography; do not bring large bags or backpacks; do not enter with pets (except guide dogs); do not disturb other visitors with noise or inappropriate behavior.

Some of the things you can see in Casa Batllo are: the façade, with its colorful mosaic tiles and organic shapes; the Noble Floor, where the Batlló family lived; the attic, with its catenary arches and ventilation towers; the roof terrace, with its chimneys and the dragon’s spine; and the courtyard, with its blue ceramic tiles and skylight.

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