Casa Batlló is an ornate, decorative building in the centre of Barcelona which is one of Gaudi’s masterpieces in the city. Initial construction on the house began in 1877 on the Passeig de Gracia which was known at the time to be one of the most prestigious and fashionable areas of the city.
It was remodelled on a previous house and redesigned by Gaudi in 1904, the locals actually call it the house of bones due to the skeletal quality of the exterior. Classified as Modernist or Art Nouveau, the grand floor has irregular oval windows and sculpted, undulating stone work which makes the building stand out among all the others.
Much of the façade is patterned with colourful mosaics made from crushed ceramic tiles which capture any onlooker’s imagination. The arched roof is reminiscent of a dragon tail and the rounded feature to the left of centre represents the lance of St. George. The interior of the property is no less impressive with catenary arches, and a noble floor which currently houses a museum which is open to the general public.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Barcelona, Casa Batlló is well worth a visit.