Bones. Skeletons. Seaworld. Fantasy. Imagination. All words to describe Antoni Gaudi's Casa Batllo in Barcelona, Spain. How can a building be so freakishly weird and so amazingly awesome at the same time? It's easy when it's designed by the genius madman architect Gaudi!
The wavy walls and windows, along with the sparkling colored glass and ceramic mosaic exterior make it impossible to pass by this Passeig de Gracia residential building without stopping to gawk, stare and pay the steep entrance fee for a closer look. Textile mogul Josep Batllo hired Gaudi to design this unique building for his family residence. The result was an unusual house, indeed!
Once inside, you feel as if you float through a watery underwater kingdom. Every caution was paid to the details from glassworks mimicking rippling water to light fixtures resembling sea urchins. The inner well court shines with blue tiles, lighter at the bottom and more intense in color at the top where they meet a skylight, visually distributing the light to make the color appear consistent from top to bottom.
Climb the stairs to the rooftop to find colorful chimneys. Look closer and you will see they form what looks like a sleeping dragon. Layer upon layer, each room tells a story of Gaudi's genius at work.
This Barcelona must-see is a feast for the eyes. Take an hour or so on your next visit to stop by. The audio guide included in the price of admission will walk you through every seducing detail of this amazing house!
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