Thursday’s Special: Traces of the Past

From the not too distant past this masterpiece, designed by Antoni Gaudí, attracts a lot of attention.

Formerly an apartment block, (who wouldn’t want to live there?) now a museum, it is rather expensive to visit and another place you might want to book online beforehand to avoid the queues.

Casa Batlló is located at 43 Passeig de Gràcia, in easy walking distance of Plaça de Catalunya. There are two other modernistic buildings in this block which are equally impressive, though perhaps not as eccentric as this one.


Construction started in 1877 and is a remodel of a former house. Also known as the house with the dragon roof, or even ‘house of bones’ the facade is covered in colourful tiles.


One of the strangest residential buildings in Europe, this is Gaudí at his hallucinatory best. The facade, sprinkled with bits of blue, mauve and green tiles and studded with wave-shaped window frames and balconies, rises to an uneven blue-tiled roof with a solitary tower.

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I live in the UK, but when I was younger I spent several years travelling the world followed by a period living in South Africa. I look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

37 thoughts on “Thursday’s Special: Traces of the Past”

    1. We drifted past this whilst we were waiting for a walking tour to begin and were wandering around the neighbourhood. Decided against paying to go inside.

  1. I saw this from the outside, but didn’t go in. I thought the balconies looked like the eye sockets of skulls. It would certainly be a cool address, but no doubt far too expensive on my budget!
    Best wishes, Pete. x

  2. I’ve been inside. The hell with the expense! I knew I’d never get back there. Your audio sets photo made me smile. I didn’t do too well with mine. Always ended up in the wrong place! 🙂 🙂

  3. There are many Modernist buildings in Barcelona, though it is true that Casa Batlló is maybe the most striking one.
    Casa Milá is another amazing building by Gaudí.
    But there are also other Modernist architects that are often forgotten, and nevertheless contributed much to the development of this style, such as Domènech i Montaner, author of Casa Fuster, Palau de la Mùsica and Hospital de Sant Pau, for example.
    I hope you had time to appreciate in depth Modernist architecture in Barcelona 🙂

    1. I’ll go and have a look. Dodgy broadband connection today 😦

      Not done the hospital yet, I have to say it was my favourite place – absolutely stunning and no crowds!

        1. It was fine until before Christmas when we had to get a new router, since then it has been up and down like… I get so frustrated not being able to look at blogs. Or upload my photos. And I keep going into spam too 😦

        2. Still pretty ropey actually, with aches in ribs and places I wouldn’t expect, but I’m smiling through it. (despite dire news from James today) Still playing catch up but I will email later.

    1. Interesting thought. There are a couple more modernist buildings in the row which are rather more conventional from the outside, but pretty flamboyant inside. I’ll put up one of those next.

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