The first photo of the Travelogged logo — the photo that the T sits on — is one of the decorative touches on the rooftop of Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Batllo. So it’s no secret that I’m a big Gaudi fan and a big Barcelona fan. Actually, make that a huge fan of Spain in general, especially with my most recent trip to Seville.
I’ve written about Casa Battlo, La Sagrada Familia and Park Guell. And now it’s time for La Pedrera, aka Casa Mila, which is Gaudi’s final civil work. It was completed in 1912, and refurbished in the 1980s. It was the last Gaudi that I visited, and I’m so glad I did. It would be a shame to miss any of the Gaudi works while you’re in Barcelona.
The facade of the building looks like it’s in motion, almost as it’s undulating. The wrought iron balconies resemble batches of leaves or seaweed, although there are some recognizable shapes such as birds. Gaudi took a lot of his inspiration from nature.
The best part of the building is definitely the rooftop. This isn’t just a crazy sculpture garden, but functional chimneys and ventilation shafts given the Gaudi treatment.
Some of La Pedrera’s rooftop structures look like people, while others remind me of chess pieces.
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