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Casa Milà, Barcelona

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Uniquely Gaudí

The Casa Milà is one of Gaudí's many unique creations that can be found in Barcelona. This building is just as interesting on the inside as it is on the exterior. The roof is particularly fascinating with the multiple sculptures that populate the rooftop. Waving lines seem to be a theme throughout the building, both on the inside and on the outside. I was impressed by the uniqueness of this building and at the time I visited, I had not seen anything quite like it. Barcelona was quite an architectural experience and a great place for a first look at modernist architecture. Casa Milà is located on the Passeig de Gràcia No. 92. [more ]

La Pedrera

I probably sound like just another tourist who know nothing about architecture but I really fell in love with the Gaudi works in Barcelona. La Pedrera is the first Gaudi work I saw and has been declared a national heritage site by UNESCO and was comissioned by the Mila family (hence its name!). It gets its name 'La pedrera' because that's the Spanish word for an abandoned stone quary and each floor of the house is different (the Mila family only lived in one bit of it). The 'Espai Gaudi' is one of the best visitor attractions here as you can get a better understanding of Gaudi's influences and inspirations. [more ]

La Pedrera, La interesting

La Pedrera or Casa Mila is another Gaudi original in the city of Barcelona. In my opinion, it is one of the more interesting exhibitions of Gaudi's work as the exploration of the building includes an 1920's decorated apartment, the the catenary arches of the attic, the decorated rooftop and a detailed museum exhibit covering Gaudi's work in Barcelona.

The museum recommends allowing at least an hour and 15 minutes to listen to the full, free audio guide, although there is an 'express' version available which takes half an hour. The longer version walks you through one of the beautifully restored apartment buildings pointing out design features such as naturally lit rooms, recycled iron balcony rails and modern bathrooms. The amazing architecture of the attic is explained in conjunction with models and audio within a larger exhibition of Gaudi's work and the times during construction. The exhibit also explores other Gaudi works with models of the Sagrada Familia (among others) and copies of Gaudi designed furniture.

The final stop is the rooftop which looks out over Barcelona. Featured in the movie 'Professione: reporter'. The rooftop is a series of waves and there is little area not covered in stairs. Towers from the stairwell and for ventilation and groups of chimneys chimneys dot the view from any given angle. From this vantage point you can also see in to other apartments and appreciated the designs use of natural light.

Entrance is 9 euro or 4,50 reduced for students and includes the audio guide. [more ]

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