Casa Batlló is one of the main tourist attractions of Barcelona. Located on one of the most important avenues of the city, the building was constructed by a renowned architect.
What is Casa Batlló?
It is a building designed by the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Considered a masterpiece, the modernist construction attracts the attention of those who pass by. With a mainly undulating and colourful façade, the building was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005. Casa Batlló is located in the centre of Barcelona, at Passeig de Gràcia, number 43, in the Eixample district. It is located in Manzana de la Discordia, a block between D’Aragó and Consell de Cent streets, as well as other modernist buildings such as Casa Amatller, Casa Lleó Morera, Casa Mulleras and Casa Josefina Bonet.
The history of Casa Batlló
In the 1860s, Barcelona launched an urban plan to modernize itself. Called Plan Cerdá, the idea was to transform the Passeig de Gràcia – which until then had been a street connecting the city to the Villa de Gracia, now a neighbourhood – into a main avenue, where the wealthiest families would live. In 1877, the architect Emilio Sala Cortés built the building where Casa Batlló is located today. In fact, the place was bought by the textile entrepreneur D. Josep Batlló y Casanovas in 1903. His initial idea was to demolish the house. However, the architect Antoni Gaudí realized that this was not necessary, a complete renovation was sufficient. With the support of D. Josep Batlló, who gave Gaudí complete creative freedom, the place was restructured between 1904 and 1906. Thus, the architect transformed the façade, redistributed the walls and enlarged the light-filled courtyard. In addition to its artistic value, the work of art is also functional, and the artist worked on every detail. The colours, designs, shapes, spaces and lights, with different materials such as glass, tiles and wood were created by Gaudí. In the 1950s, Casa Batlló ceased to belong to the Batlló family. Later, the place passed into the hands of several other owners – who always kept the same name – until it was bought in 1993 by the current owners, the Bernat family, who restored the house and opened it to visits and events.
Since then, the place has become one of the main attractions in Barcelona, receiving one million visitors a year.
The house is open every day of the year, from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.
How to get there
Casa Batlló is easy to get to:
- By metro, by lines L2 (lilac), L3 (green) and L4 (yellow) and get off at Passeig de Gràcia station ;
- By RENFE train, you can also get off at Passeig de Gràcia station. And by FGC train, get off at Provence station.
- By bus, lines H10, V15, 7, 22 and 24.
43 Paseo de Grácia Eixample district Barcelona
Tel. 93 216 03 06, 93 488 06 66