Let us continue our trip through Barcelona and around genus of Gaudi. This time let’s start with his famous Casa Batllo. What Wikipedia says about the building? Casa Batlló (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈkazə βəʎˈʎo]) is a building restored by Antoni Gaudí and Josep Maria Jujol, built in 1877 and remodelled in the years 1904–1906; located at 43, Passeig de Gràcia (passeig is Catalan for promenade or avenue), part of the Illa de la Discòrdia (the “Block of Discord”) in theEixample district of Barcelona, Spain.
The local name for the building is Casa dels ossos (House of Bones), as it has a visceral, skeletal organic quality. It was originally designed for amiddle-class family and situated in a prosperous district of Barcelona.
The building looks very remarkable — like everything Gaudí designed, only identifiable as Modernisme or Art Nouveau in the broadest sense. The ground floor, in particular, is rather astonishing with tracery, irregular oval windows and flowing sculpted stone work.
It seems that the goal of the designer was to avoid straight lines completely. Much of the façade is decorated with a mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles (trencadís) that starts in shades of golden orange moving into greenish blues. The roof is arched and was likened to the back of a dragon ordinosaur. A common theory about the building is that the rounded feature to the left of centre, terminating at the top in a turret and cross, represents the lance of Saint George (patron saint of Catalonia, Gaudi’s home)
Very exact description, I even need not add anything of my own. Just want to back up with some photos to transfer the atmosphere of the house here. Because of Art Noveau style or we can call it just novelty and artistic approach to architecture the building looks resplendent and posh.
A lift takes you to second floor.
Now, we are out in the streets again.
Many weak, sick and disabled come here to touch the Madonna Morena. It is said that by touching her you can get Madonnas blessing. I too, did it. I don’t know about blessing, but I am still alive and kicking in spite of everything. Why knows, what could happen if I didn’t receive Madonna’s blessing that day. 🙂
Este es todo para hoy, mis amigos. !Hasta luego!