Batlló House

Casa Batlló, Gaudí
Located in the amazing and centric Eixample Quarter , Batlló House  was declared tWorld Heritage of UNESCO in 2005.

Is part of the island  fo buildings known as the " Block of Discord " , due to the disparity of the styles in the buildings conforming the island.

All of them are completely different and unique. This house is just one of the three modern art style houses forming part of thsese area of the srteet ,along with the Amatller House by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, and the Lleó - Morera House designed by the architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner.

Casa Batlló built by Antoni Gaudí in 1904 was conceived as an allegory of the colors and shapes of the sea, specially the facade of this house, a spectacular recreation of the various shades of the ocean.

This and many other details are showing the infinite creativity of the architect Gaudí , a genious with a neverending imagination . It is one of the most significant examples of the organic architecture , the architecture inspired by nature motives, colors and shapes.

For its beauty and its spectacular and colorful undulating forms is a must for any visitor , you can't miss in your visit to Barcelona.


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Batlló House is located in the Eixample district, in the well-known central street of Passeig de Gràcia.

Address:

Passeig de Gràcia, 43
08007, Barcelona.

Location:

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Public transport:

Metro: L3, stop Passeig de Gràcia
Bus: 7, 16, 17, 22, 24, 28

Schedule:

The Casa Batllo can be visited any day of the year.
Every day from Monday to Sunday, from 9-20 h.

Ticket rates:

Normal ticket: 23,50€
Reduced price: 19,50 € (students, seniors)
Free admission: children up to 7 years
Skip the line: Book here your Ticket+ Audioguide

Your guide Barcelona Tour

The guided tour through Casa Batllo proposed hre, in Your Guide Barcelona is a comprehensive tour , discovering its hidden details , anecdotes , stories and problems to overcome by the architect Antoni Gaudí for the implementation of this house , discover all the details, hand by hand with an expert licensed tour guide .

You can choose the date that best suits your needs , how much you want to spent in your guided tour and and the language that interests you. Check our section where you will find all the information on this guided tour : PrivateTour Casa Batlló.

If you prefer a Modernist Tour see our routes : You can not miss.

Audioguide Casa Batlló

In this imposing monument of Antoni Gaudí there is an audioguide system available for guided tours . It is available in eight languages: Catalan, Castilian , English, French , Italian, German , Japanese and Chinese.

You will visit the lobby , the main floor (former residence of the Batlló family ) , the attic and the terrace . If you want to Skip the linet book on-line your Ticket + Audioguide.

Information :

Phone: (34) 93 216 03 06
Email: infovisites@casabatllo.cat

Additional information

There is a lift to visit the main floor and the loft for an easiest access for disabled people. Blind people can have an audio adapted brochurer in Braille system and models in relief. 
Gaudí was commissioned to remodel this building by the bourgeois industrialist Josep Batlló i Casanovas , so his work was focused on the façade , the main floor, the patio lights and roof , adding a fifth floor intended for servants. Batllo family lived on the main floor .

The decorative elements resemble human or animal forms and natural decorations : the multi-colored glazed pottery emulates the seabed, wrought iron balconies look like masks , and human bones columns .

Interpretations of La Casa Batllo


The spectacular and innovative shapes of the building Casa Batllo have generated multiple interpretations , as well as the most varied popular nicknames.

Some people states that the facade is a great allegory of the seabed, given its undulating structure and the applied ceramic decorations in blue and green colors.

Others use the nickname the house of the yawns , because of the way in which there were conceived the noble floor balconies , Batlló's family residence . Gaudí managed to extend the platform and its windows to levels never designed before, simulating human  yawns.

Other interpretation is due to the ceramic decoration crowning of the façade : a huge undulating form with a ceramic body that resembles a dragon with scames. So some people say it could be a tribute to Saint George , patron saint of Catalonia .

Also seen as an entire Carnival with masks , as wrought iron balconies are twisted in impossible ways and looking like the famous Venetian masks .

Finally, there are those who say that the Casa Batllo is showing bones, because the columns of the first floor, which  seem to simulate the bones of a human skeleton .

The architectural solutions applied by the architect are always amazing , and the Casa Batllo is no exception .

Another example of the geniality of the artist we find it in the projection of different sizes for windows depending on the floor , achieving a greater light to interior spaces.

Interior


Inside is equally impressive : the internal courtyard is covered by a glass roof and is decorated with colorful tiles , using an ingenious variety of tonalities from the dark blue to the purest white , adding light to the whole courtyard. 

The main floor retains its original decor. It consists of several rooms that have different functions : amongst them the living room and the chapel, which was decorated with several pieces of art , the most remarkable was the altarpiece of the Holy Family made by the sculptor Llimona.

Part of the building's original furniture designed by Gaudí himself is currently held in the Casa-Museu Gaudí 's in the Park Güell.