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Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrCasa Milà, also known as La Pedrera, is one of several architectural masterpieces designed by Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudí , in Barcelona, Spain. The building is the last civil work he designed, and features his distinctive, modern style known as Catalan Modernism , which can also be seen in his other constructions in Barcelona, most notably the Sagrada Família church, Park Güell, and the nearby Casa Batlló.
HistoryCasa Milà is a unique, modernist building designed by Antoni Gaudí that is located on a corner of Passeig de Gràcia, one of Barcelona’s most famous avenues. It was constructed between 1906 and 1910 for wealthy citizens, Pere Milà i Camps and Roser Segimon i Artells, who hired the renowned Catalan architect to create a one-of-a-kind home for them. The building he constructed ended up transforming the neighborhood due to its striking, undulating, stone façade inspired by nature. In 1984, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Things to SeeCasa Milà contains five floors of exhibitions, which feature models, audiovisual displays, artifacts, and architectural exhibits. The highlights of La Pedrera, as it is known in Catalan, are:
Espai GaudíEspai Gaudí is an exhibition area within Casa Milà that is dedicated to the life and work of Antoni Gaudí. It showcases numerous scale models and designs related to his most famous creations, objects used in their construction, and photos of the construction process. The informative exhibits, including one entirely dedicated to the building itself, explain his unique architectural style, which uses nature and religion as sources of inspiration.
The Pedrera ApartmentThe Pedrera Apartment, located on the fourth floor, is divided into two sections. One section features an audiovisual exhibit related to the history of Barcelona in the early 1900s, with a focus on events such as the bloody Tragic Week confrontations in 1909 and the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition . The other section features a recreated apartment designed for a bourgeois family in the early 20th century. It contains original elements from La Pedrera, such as tiling, doors, and moldings, as well as period furniture, art, and fabrics that help to transport its visitors back in time.
The Exhibition HallThe Exhibition Hall is the former residence of the Milà family, which is decorated with beautiful mural paintings and sculpted stone columns. While much of it was changed after the death of Gaudí, it is still an interesting space to explore.
The CourtyardsLa Pedrera has two courtyards, which were designed to optimize the entry of light as well as ventilation. They are decorated with colorful murals with floral motifs, and are considered to be the “soul” of the building.
The Roof-TerraceThe building’s most famous feature is undoubtedly the roof-terrace, which contains a variety of fascinating, architectural sculptures, including stairwells and chimneys, which are covered in ceramic fragments or painted. No description could do this fantasy-like space justice, so you’ll just have to see it for yourself.
TriviaOne of the most distinctive aspects of Casa Milà is the group of chimneys that resemble helmets. They have been cited as the inspiration for several other works of art, as well as the stormtrooper helmets used in the Star Wars film series.
Practical InformationHere’s everything you need to know in order to reach and visit Casa Milà:
Address: Provença, 261-265, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
By Metro / TrainThe simplest way to reach Casa Milà is generally by metro or train. It is a brief walk from the Diagonal metro stop (accessible from lines 3 and 5), as well as the Passeig de Gràcia (RENFE), and Provença-La Pedrera (FGC) train stations.
By BusSeveral urban bus services can also be used to reach Casa Milà, including buses V17, 7, 16, 17, 22, and 24.
HoursCasa Milà is open daily from 9:00 until 18:30 (3 November to 26 February) and 20:30 (27 February to 2 November) for general daytime tours. However, special tours known as The Secret Pedrera, which are offered in the evenings, take place until 22:30 in the winter and 23:30 the rest of the year.
PricesVisitors to Casa Milà can choose between four different visits: the basic La Pedrera by day with or without a tour guide, La Pedrera by day Premium, which includes priority access instead of waiting in long lines, and The Secret Pedrera, a special nighttime guided tour which concludes with a glass of cava. Admission prices start at approximately €21 ($24) for adults, €17 ($20) for students, €11 ($13) for children between the ages of 7 and 12, and free admission for children under 7.
Similar AttractionsMany of Barcelona’s most popular tourist attractions were designed by Antoni Gaudí, including the expansive park known as Park Güell, the unmissable Sagrada Família church, and smaller buildings such as Casa Batlló, which is also located on Passeig de Gràcia, Casa Calvet, and Casa Vicens.
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Author: ehuttner. Last updated: Apr 01, 2015