Gaudi’s Casa Batllo – Trencadis Ceramic Tile Mosaics

My first night in Barcelona I accidentally found Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece Casa Batllo!

I was exploring the city on foot as I am apt to do in any city. I find walking a city is the best way to get to know it – observing the people and places along the way – occasionally engaging in conversations or just a friendly hola!

Casa Batllo trencadis mosaic tile detail photo - celebrated Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi is famous for his buildings in Barcelona Spain

Casa Batllo trencadis mosaic tile detail

Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi's Casa Batllo roof top features a colorful dragon - central Brcelona

Casa Batllo roof top features dragon and bulb

I spotted a cool looking building and walked straight to it to take a look up close. Tourists gathered out front – taking photos and admiring the place. It was open for tours so why not – I bought my ticket and a moment later I was admiring the interior of beautiful Casa Batllo.

I’ll post in more detail about the extraordinary architecture of Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Batllo – this post will focus on the trencadis (broken tiles) ceramic mosaics of this magnificent structure.

Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi's Casa Batllo trencadis mosaic tile chimneys and dragon on the roof top - Gracia district Barcelona Catalonia Spain

Casa Batllo trencadis mosaic tile chimneys and dragon on the roof top

Designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi - Casa Batllo Trencadis Mosaic Dragon - detail

Casa Batllo Trencadis Mosaic Dragon – detail

Trencadis mosaic - dragon on the roof top of Casa Batllo in Gracia district of Barcelona Catalonia Spain

Trencadis mosaic – dragon on the roof top of Casa Batllo

There are four groups of chimneys at Casa Batllo – all designed with chimney caps to keep the wind from obstructing the smoke from escaping.

Trencadis mosaic tile chimneys on the roof top of Casa Batllo - Gracia district - Barcelona Catalonia Spain

Trencadis mosaic tile chimneys on the roof top of Casa Batllo

On the terrace there are fine examples of the trencadis style of mosaic tile design. Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi used the trencadis style extensively in his designs – one of the most famous examples of trencadis mosaic by Gaudi is the

Trencadis mosaic on the terrace of Casa Batllo designed by famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi - Gracia district of Barcelona Catalonia Spain

Trencadis mosaic on the terrace of Casa Batllo

Casa Batllo - looking out to the terrace and trencadis mosaics designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi

Casa Batllo – looking out to the terrace and trencadis mosaics

Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi's Casa Batllo trencadis mosaic on terrace - Gracia district of Barcelona Catalonia Spain

Casa Batllo trencadis mosaic on terrace

Susan on the balcony of Casa Batllo - designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi - Gracia district Barcelona

Susan on the balcony of Casa Batllo

You can even have you photo taken  while standing on the balcony by the staff of Casa Batllo. Initially I turned down the offer to have my picture taken on the balcony but I saw all the other people’s photos and decided I needed one too!

Casa Batllo top floor trencadis mosaics designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi

Casa Batllo top floor trencadis mosaics

Looking up to the top floor there is another example of fine trencadis style mosaic design.

Thanks for stopping by to tour some of the magnificent trencadis ceramic tile mosaics of Casa Batllo. More posts about my 9 days of Solo Travel in Barcelona soon!

Barcelona is a city that can easily be explored on foot – there are outstanding examples of modernisme architecture throughout the city – take a stroll around and you’re likely to find a magnificent building nearby.

What’s your favorite building in Barcelona or other parts of the world?


Practical Information:

Address: Passeig de Gracia 43, Barcelona
Phone Number: +34 93 216 03 06
Hours: daily 9AM – 9PM (last entrance at 8PM)
Admission Cost (as of July 2015): €21.50 for adults, €18.50 for seniors, students and teens.
How to Get There: Metro: Passeig de Gracia (L2, L3 and L4). Buses H10, V15, 7, 22 and 24.


About the Author

Susan Moore's first solo travel experience was traveling around SE Asia for 7 months in 1993. It was life changing and extraordinary. Currently Susan is living a nomadic life, working and roadtripping around the USA and Canada. You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter

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