Monday, August 1, 2011

Casa Battlo

Casa Batllo, in Barcelona, Spain,  is a completely unreal masterpiece of architecture and imagination. Originally built in 1877, the building was completely restored by Antoni Gaudi in the early 1900s for Josep Batllo, a wealthy aristocrat. Everything about Casa Batllo is completely remarkable from the skull and bones façade to the amazing detail in planning the natural interior lighting.

The local name for the building is “House of Bones” this comes from the skull and bones motif of the façade. The skulls are in fact balconies and the bones are supporting pillars. Gaudi used colors and shapes from marine life as inspiration for the mosaic façade. The roof is arched and shaped like the back of a dragon. Casa Batllo is a stunning piece of work that is well worth a visit.

Antoni Gaudi, the amazing artist of this home was a Spanish Catalan architect and the best-known representative of Catalan Modernism. Gaudí's works are marked by a highly individual style and the vast majority of them are situated in the Catalan capital of Barcelona, including his magnum opus, the Sagrada Família. Much of Gaudí's work was marked by the four passions of his life: architecture, nature, religion and his love for Catalonia. Between 1984 and 2005 seven of his works were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

Visit Casa Batllo and be mesmerized by the shear masterpiece of Antoni Gaudi on your next visit to Spain with Celtic Tours.

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