Casa Batllo

Barcelona: Tips on Visiting Casa Batllo

19 April 2017: Day 5 – Casa Batlló Built between 1904 and 1906, Casa Batllo is the most emblematic work of the brilliant Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí. A remodel of a previously built house, it was redesigned in 1904 by Gaudí and has been refurbished several times after that. Due to its visceral, skeletal organic quality, it was named by locals as Casa dels ossos (House of Bones). There are few straight lines, and much of the façade is decorated with a colorful […]

Sagrada Familia

Barcelona: Sagrada Familia

16 April 2017 | Day 2 – Sagrada Familia Introduction Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the number one attraction in Barcelona. It is a large Roman Catholic church designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). Its construction started in 1882 by architect Francisco Paula de Villar with Gaudí becoming involved in 1883 after Francisco resigned as the head architect. Taking over the project, Gaudí transformed it with his architectural and engineering style, combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. Gaudí devoted […]