Visit Casa Batlló in Barcelona, Another Creation of Gaudí
By Daniela Tavares |
Visit Casa Batlló in Barcelona, and watch how the building comes to life in an augmented reality tour.
One of the favorite destinations for travelers is Spain. In previous articles, we have shown you many attractive destinations along its territory, from historic cities such as Sagunto or Segovia, to innovative cities such as Valencia. This time we present an attraction from the community of Catalonia, the Casa Batlló in Barcelona.
Gaudi’s Architecture in Barcelona
Barcelona is one of the most fascinating cities in Europe. It houses attractions such as the Monumental Cascade, Columbus Monument, the Ramblas, the National Palace of Montjuic… And, of course, we can’t forget the Church of the Sacred Family, a modernist architectural icon declared World Heritage Site.
We know that apart from traveling and relaxing you are also interested in art and culture, so DINKtravelers, your world travel guide, invites you to engage in an architectural tourism experience and discover one of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces: Casa Batlló in Barcelona.
Gaudi’s Modernism in Barcelona
Modernism is an artistic movement that emerged between the late 19th century and the early 20th century. Its main objective was to promote ideas about a more optimistic future by imitating natural forms and combining new materials, such as iron and crystal, with traditional elements. Modernist artists wanted to leave behind the Industrial Revolution’s mass production and return to traditional craftwork. Among the various Modernist manifestations, architecture stands out. The best way to transform the objects produced by industrialization into something that seemed handmade was the construction of buildings and monuments. Thus, a Modernist structure can be compared to a canvas in which different types of art are combined, including sculpture and painting. Moreover, including references to flora and fauna, Modernist buildings seem to have a life of their own. Thanks to their wavy and changing forms they resemble the flowing of water, the stems of plants, or even the movements of wild animals.
Casa Batlló & Gaudi
Barcelona became a key place for the development of Modernism. In the late 1800s, the Catalan bourgeoisie decided to support the artists’ projects. Among them stands the figure of the architect Antoni Gaudí. He executed most of his works in Barcelona. Besides the Temple of the Sagrada Familia, Gaudí conceived Park Güell, Casa Milà and Casa Batlló in Barcelona, which we will present shortly through four main elements: its history, architecture, characteristics, and a virtual tour.
#1 Casa Batlló History
Nowadays, Casa Batlló in Barcelona is a museum whose main function is to show the characteristics of Modernist architecture and keep Gaudí’s legacy alive. He decorated a building on the famous Passeig de Gràcia Avenue for one of Barcelona’s most renowned families: the Batlló. However, they didn’t use the entire building; they inhabited the main floor called Planta Noble. At that time Gaudí was competing against other architects such as Puig i Cadalfach and Domènech i Montaner, so he put all his creativity into the project.
#2 Casa Batlló Façade
The whole house is mainly decorated with a technique called trencadis, which involves joining pieces of broken glass and ceramic tiles to create new figures. The façade, apart from being spectacular, is full of symbolic elements that tell the legend of Saint George, Catalonia’s patron saint. Your visual tour of the façade should begin by admiring the building’s multicolored roof. It represents the dragon pierced by a cross-shaped tower, symbolizing St. George’s sword. On the lower floors there are different types of balconies. The main one represents the princess that Saint George rescued from the dragon. The other balconies and columns are interpreted as the skulls and bones of the victims the dragon devoured.
#3 Casa Batlló Interior
Once at the lobby, notice the detail of the wooded staircase carved in the shape of a dragon’s tail. From the Planta Noble, you can visit all the house’s areas. The ones that stand out the most are the roof, the attic and the yard, which is also called Patio de Luces. This one is also decorated with the trencadis technique and offers a spectacular view of the buildings of Barcelona.
Most of the rooms in the house have wavy shapes in white and blue tones that remind visitors of natural and fantastic elements. As a result, you will feel as if you were inside a marine cavern or in a fairy tale house. The attic stands out for a succession of arches that symbolize the dragon’s rib cage. Finally, the roof is decorated with four sets of mushroom-shaped chimneys whose function is to prevent the smoke from returning back inside the house.
#4 Casa Batlló Virtual Tour
As we already mentioned, the house is full of Gaudí’s ideas and imagination embodied in every detail. In order not to miss anything, we recommend taking the tour that includes augmented reality. With your entrance ticket, you will receive a tablet with which you can easily locate all the elements in each room. It will serve as a window to the past and into an alternate world in which the building comes to life. Visualize the Batlló family’s antique furniture or learn about the specific function of several decorative details, and what they symbolize. Click here to live this experience at Casa Batlló in Barcelona.
Casa Batlló in Barcelona is a must-see attraction in Catalonia. Visiting it will make you fall in love with this city, which is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Don’t forget to take photos of Casa Batlló and other creations of Gaudí. And of course, share your experience at Casa Batlló with us.