Casa Batllò, one of Antonio Gaudi’s creations, is located in the centre of Barcelona. A remodel of a previously built house, it was redesigned in 1904. The local name for the building is Casa dels ossos (House of Bones), due to its skeletal appearance.
The roof is arched and was likened to the back of a dragon. A common theory is that the rounded feature left of centre, terminating at the top in a turret and cross, represents the lance of Saint George (the patron saint of Catalonia), which has been plunged into the back of the dragon.
The house was bought by Josep Batllò in 1900. The design of the house made the home undesirable to buyers but the Batllò family decided to buy it, due to its central location. It is located in the middle of Passeig de Gracia, which in the early 20th century was a very prestigious and fashionable area. The Batlló family was well known in Barcelona for its contribution to the textile industry in the city. Mr. Batlló married Amalia Godo Belaunzaran, from the family that founded the newspaper La Vanguardia.
Josep wanted an architect that would design a house that was like no other. He chose the architect who had designed Park Güell because he wanted him to come up with a risky plan. The Batllò family lived on the Noble floor of Casa Batllò until the mid 1950s.
Address: Casa Batllò, Passeig de Gràcia, 43, 08007 Barcelona, Spain.
Metro: Passeig de Gracia. When you exit the station, you’re almost on its doorstep.
Opening hours: 9 am to 9 pm. 365 days a year.