Manzana de la Discordia
This "block of discord" in Barcelona is a fantastic destination and a definite must-see for those who love architecture. There are three famous houses here, each done by a different modernist architect and each with a distinct style. Although I didn't go inside, if these are like the Casa Milà that I visited, they are probably just as fascinating on the inside as they are on the outside.
The first house is Casa Morera by Domenech i Montaner. Its sand-colored exterior seems quiet compared with the colorful facades of the other two houses. However, it is not to be seen as the least of the three, for the art noveau carvings on the outside make it stand out.
The second, the Casa Amatller by Puig i Cadafalch, has a stepped gable similar to those seen in Amsterdam. The colorful tiles on the facade give it a distinctly unique look.
The final house, Casa Batlló by the famous Gaudí, is said to have been inspired by the dragon in St. George and the dragon. The roof is reminiscent of the back of a dragon and the bits of blue, green, rose are found both on the facade and the roof. The balconies look like something from Disney's "The Little Mermaid" animated film. In all, it is quite intriguing. [more]
Casa Batllo- yet another Gaudi masterpiece in Barcelona. Like Casa Mila- it was commissioned by the Batllo family and lived in by them for many years.
Known as the 'House of Bones' because of the shape of the columns in front of the house. The windows are like mouths or maybe a window to the soul!
It's another UNESCO World Heritage listed building and has been for a few years now. It first opened its doors to visits to the public about five years ago and you can now visit areas that weren't previously available. [more]
Casa Batlló is located at Pg. de Grŕcia, 43 and it is another fine example of Gaudí's work. The building is located in the Eixample district and it is highly distinguishable and in my opinion beautiful. The colors are simply amazing, but you can even tour the interior and it is as breathtaking and unusual as the exterior. There are no words to describe it really you will have to see it yourself, but to me the most spectacular is the rooftop. Opening hours are daily from 9:00am until 8:00pm with guided tours in different languages although the price is a hefty €16.50. [more]
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