Casa Batlló is a building that was renovated by Antoni Gaudí for a businessman named Josep Batlló and it became one of the most impressive buildings of Barcelona and a must-see site for every tourist, even if only from the outside.
The building captures Gaudi’s most recurring motives like the bold and impressive colors, the abstract patterns and the highly imaginative decorations. On the roof you can see many chimneys, each of which is interesting in itself, the use of colorful stained glass and of course the use of neo-Gothic symbols inspired by bones and skulls.
Some specialist say that when designing this masterpiece, Gaudí was inspired by the popular legend of the destruction of a dragon by St. George, the green decorations on the front of the building symbolizing the dragon and the long white corridors giving visitor the impression of walking inside a dragon. The roof looks like the backbone of a large animal making this building even more intriguing.
There are other interpretations of the attraction, like Salvador Dali‘s that claimed that the architecture of the house was meant to imitate the waves of the sea.
Casa Batlló as well as Park Güell and La Sagrada Familia, was crowned by UNESCO an international heritage site.
What do you see in Casa Batlló?
The building has some of the most unique pieces of art, like the chimneys with unique abstract designs that cover the roof of the building. Each and every one of them has a different design. The ceramic cross at the top of the dragons back, that was built in the original house, originally from Majorca and was left by Gaudi even though it was damaged because of its beauty.
The front wall of Casa Batlló is the most representative for this attraction. The wall has colors and shapes that are unique only to this building and are abstract even by Gaudi’s definition.