Casa Batllo (Barcelona - Spain)

When I decided to go to Barcelona, my primary aim was to see as many UNESCO sites as possible, coz it has 9!!! There UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Barcelona is in 2 sections - 7 works of Antoni Gaudi and 2 works of Lluis Domenech i Montaner.

Beginning here with Casa Batllo. This house was originally built in 1877 but completely revamped and given a makeover in 1904-06 by Gaudi. The first thing is that its so easy to figure of the building. Its so damn different. While all the other buildings are pure architecture, this is a mix of nature & architecture or rather nature within architecture. 

All the shapes of everything here including doors & windows & decor have a very organic, fluid feel to it. Art Nouveau at its best it is!!! In Spain Art Nouveau is called Catalan Modernism.
There are no lines or sharp edges, everything is curvy - both from the interior & exterior. Believe me, that's a spiral staircase & its railing that I've clicked looking up, in this picture. That should give an idea of how crazy the architecture is!!! The doorways & windows are just random fluid shapes.

The best part of Gaudi architecture is that its mostly self sufficient. There are skylights and huge windows in all rooms to provide enough natural lighting. In many places, the door panes are replaced with translucent recycled colorful glasses that not only provide lighting but also make it interesting & colorful.
The corridor in top floor, has slits on the wall. These slits are downwards so water doesn't come in when it rains, but light comes in!!!
Plus there are also some unique ways in which there's constant circulation of wind in every room. There are wooden planks fixed along its axis which can be closed or opened to improve circulation in summers or block in winters.


Most of the colorful decor in the house are made with broken tiles and glasses. The ceilings on each room have something special in it like a tortoise shell inspired bumpy texture etc, conch inspired wavy pattern etc.

Even the fireplace has a mushroom shaped design. All the doors, windows & cupboards handles are also tiny and botanical inspired, but absolutely ergonomic.

At the terrace is a small room with a small fountain that was a very beautiful, nature inspired, fluid shape that inspired Gaudi when he was alive. It was almost like a meditation room for him. The exterior of this room was just crazy! It resembles a dragon's scaly back, just impeccably colorful. Its completely decorated with broken mosaic tiles. By far, this is the most tastefully done colorful building that I've seen!!! 

I was just mesmerized and couldn't help but be reminded of Le Corbusier and Laurie Baker with the upcycling of waste tastefully & colorfully and with the self sufficiency that's taken care in architecture!  

To Get There:
Nearest metro / bus stop: Passeig de Gracia
Entry fee: €22.50 onwards (€3 discount with Barcelona Card) 
Can be bought online on their website.

Here's a tip: The best way to go about in Barcelona is by buying the 1-day transport card. Here's the catch. In the ticketing machine, the first page has 8 options - 2,3,4 & 5 day passes, 1 way ticket, T10 (10 journeys), T30 (30 journeys) and monthly pass. The 1 day ticket is actually in another page! You've gotta click on other tickets and there you'll find the 1 day pass. If you're there for just 1 day, the 1 day pass works out cheaper than T10 ticket. You can get this ticket at the airport metro station's vending machine. All these tickets are valid for the airport transfer by metro & TMB bus (not Aerobus) as well.

P.S: I was invited by Barcelona Turisme - Barcelona Card to experience the city for review purposehowever the opinions are my own and this post does not to advertise the product/service.

Bhushavali N

An ardent traveler by passion. I am a wanderlust.. Read more about me here.

37 comments:

  1. I love that building. It is so beautiful and so unusual. It is a work of art in all respects inside and out.
    I've seen it many times over the years but for many years it was privately owned and wasn't open to the public until September during the feast of La Merce. I have not managed to get into. Yet!!!! I feel another Barcelona trip coming on.
    Thank you so much for those lovely photos.

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  2. OMG! You're so lucky to get the chance to visit the country. I always wanted to travel to those 'historic' city, but haven't got the chance yet. Anyways, their architecture is amazing.

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  3. I have not been to Spain yet. But, this is unquestionably on my list! I love your photos. My bestfriend is correct in saying the country has great architectures and designs.

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  4. Wow... 1877 is a long time old. How do the revamps work in such cases though? Is it completely re-built or repaired to sustain longer? Quite amazing to know about this architecture which is self sustained with utilizing natural light and air... amazing.

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  5. Wow! That place is so beautiful!!! Good thing they manage to maintain the place and its amazing structures. I wish I could go to Spain one day! You are so blessed to do so. <3

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  6. Beautiful photos. I have always wanted to go to Spain and even study Spanish. So many beautiful structures. I envy you.

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  7. I had the same mission to see all the Gaudi when I went to Barcelona! But I only saw the outside of Casa Batllo, so it was great to see your pictures. I went inside La Pedrera instead. I especially love your photo of the meditation room. Gaudi was really one of a kind.

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  8. Casa Batllo was such a dream, a fairytale house. They say Gaudi was a genius or a madman :) Wondering about the people who lived in it, and what they were like.

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  9. Really enjoy reading your Barcelona sharing here, very unique & nice building :) Have heard lots of nice stuff about Barcelona. Really wish I can afford to visit Barcelona once, to be at the unique buildings & snapping nice photos of mine :) cheers, SiennyLovesDrawing

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  10. I had been fascinated with Spain since I was a child. But until now, I have not visited this country. I hope I can visit this someday. I love learning about history.

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  11. Ahh Barcelona, the second place I dream of visiting next to Santorini. I like how you focused on taking a close shot of the details, I appreciate the interior more :) I hope I could visit Barcelona someday! :)

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  12. Barcelona is a beautiful place to visit and I loved all the information that you have provided about the architecture of Casa Battlo. Lovely photographs, too :)

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  13. You are so lucky to have had the chance to visit Spain! This is one of the countries I want to visit! Their architecture is unreal! My husband's cousin did a tour there for their architecture class and he said they were all amazed at the incredible structures.

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  14. This building is amazing! I loved Barcelona for all of the incredible architecture, and would love to go back and see it again. I love how you captured such detail too!

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  15. There are a lot of beautiful places to see in Barcelona that is why it is in my list of places to visit. Casa Batllo has a lot of character in it and I'm glad that it's been preserved throughout these years. It is beautiful!

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  16. Sigh ... you are in one of my destination places. I have longed dream of going to Spain ... it is such a beautiful place. I am so envious!

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  17. Thanks for the helpful hint at the end! That's exactly why I started my blog was to give helpful little secrets and details about places that people might not find in other places! The mosaics in those pictures are so lively and colorful!! I found a cheap flight to Madrid the other day and was so tempted to get my ass over to Spain!

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  18. Damn such a quirky place. Had seen so many pics of the exterior of this building finally I know about the interiors and I am blown away by how weird yet cool art can be :)

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  19. Your post reminded me of Gaudi ingenuity ! I took an audio guided tour while visiting Casa Batilo and enjoyed in it much. Lovely Barcelona!

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  20. I really love Barcelona and I am a fan of Gaudi. We tried the GoKart Talking Tour and it was a fun way to go around. I agree on getting a 1 day pass Tour Bus :)

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  21. This bulding and the Sagrada Familia are the two Gaudi works I am familiar with and instantly tells me that this is Barcelona. I envy you. You were able to visit such heritage sites! Thanks for bringing me along the tour with your pictures. I often see the exterior in photos but not the interiors.

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  22. I love its Art and how he built all the works!! I have been to Barcelona 8 times in my life because I am from Alghero (Sardinian twin of Barcelona), we have many things on common with the catalan city! One of them is the art, like Gaudi's style! Nice pictures, maybe bigger are more impacting! :-D thanks for sharing

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  23. Casa Battlo has a mix of artsy and natural design. It really looks beautiful and you can appreciate each corner.

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  24. I'm heading to Barcelona for the first time in April and I'm looking forward to seeing the Casa Battlo!

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  25. I love UNESCO world heritage sites. We have three in Delhi. I also want to visit all over the world. You are lucky to visit these ones in Barcelona. All are so good.

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  26. I think this is quite unusual and beautiful. I love the unique handles and windows... The whole fluid thing makes it very fairy tale like

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  27. We only saw this building from the outside, but we did not have time to go in. Thanks for the tour inside. We took the Hop On - Hop Off bus to travel around Barcelona. It was really worth it as we were able to see a lot of sights.

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  28. Oh how beautiful I love everything Gaudi - he buildings are just so amazing and fun to look at! Agreed that everyone should stop and take a look inside this building super cool !

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  29. I admire you for being keen on everything. I agree with the beauty of that place. It is like I already travelled to Barcelona just by reading this post of yours. More travel to come.

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  30. These building are beautiful. I would love to visit Barcelona someday. We have a few UNESCO heritage sites in South Africa.

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  31. I loved Casa Batlló. We did a free walking tour that covered most of Gaudi's buildings from the outside with lots of history and facts and then the next day went back and visited inside. So glad we did because the Virtual reality type tour they give you when you enter is brilliant. Great tip on the one day card.

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  32. I didn't know Barcelona had 9 UNESCO sites, I would have visited them all too if I had known. You've given me a whole new bucket list for Barcelona.

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  33. Most of the images look pretty abstract for me to picture the whole place. But I really like the second picture, outer look of the Casa Batllo

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  34. Once you go to Europe, you have access to infinite number of beautiful places. Loved reading about Barcelona too.

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  35. Not going to Barcelona is one of my biggest regrets when I lived in Spain. I know, I know!! I would love to see Gaudi's works. It's the highlight of everyone's trips when they visit. A must see!

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  36. Oh I love Casa Batllo! I've never been inside though, as when I was living in Spain I was your stereotypical "poor student" so the entry fee was way too much for me haha. However, I was happy enough just looking at it from the outside! The architecture and overall vibe of the building made me feel like I was in a Dr Seuss book.

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  37. These buildings are gorgeous! Have always wanted to visit Barcelona for a variety of reasons but this post has surely given us one more. Thanks for sharing

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