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