The history of Batllo House

The history of Batllo House

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Although Barcelona can be understood from many different points of view, one of the most highlighted is the relationship with Antoni Gaudi, the maximum representative of Catalan modernism and a Spanish symbol.

For Gaudi, Barcelona was more than just his operational base, it was his city of residence, his inspiration, and the place of his main legacy. A legacy THAT highlights majestic projects such as Batllo House, a true architectural wonder.

Half way between a scene in a Tim Burton film and a fairy tale, Batllo House is one of the most outstanding architectural works of Gaudi, so if you are going to spend a few days relaxing and disconnecting at a Petit Palace hotel in Barcelona you really cannot miss a visit.

Situated at number 43 in the Paseo de Gracia, the project of Batllo House was based on a complete remodelling of the building that occupied the plot of land and had been constructed by Emilio Sala.

With an ingenuity (that for many was exceptional and different from anything seen previously), Gaudi created work using his characteristic curved forms adding coloured glass, Baroque touches and charming corners which makes us feel as if we are dreaming rather than in reality. A perfect work of a undeniable architectural genius.

With this work Gaudi had to find answers for many personal and artistic doubts, from how to crown the building (which started with an initial dome and then become a vaulted ceiling in the form of a dragon) where to locate the four crossed arms or face a tedious process with the administration which included accusations of “possible illegal building works”.

The corresponding licenses were requested by the actual Señor Batllo, and the building work finished in 1912, the result being an impressive building of 4,300 m2, 32 metres high and 14,5 metres wide.

Although the interior is impressive, the first impact is produced by the incredible facade, elaborated with Montjuic sandstone and pieces of different coloured glass. If to all this we also add windows of coloured glass, iron railings, and ceramic in the form of a shaped mask, we can understand why this is one of the most visited buildings in Barcelona. 

With free access for Barcelona residents and with an entrance fee of 21,5€ per adult for others, your visit will be a wonderful experience.

 

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