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Vivacious, ambitious, industrious: Barcelona is second to none

This cool, cosmopolitan metropolis is the bastion of Catalan nationalism and one of the greatest port cities on the Mediterranean. Barcelona’s distinct culture finds exuberant expression in its architecture – in the sinuous swirls of its Modernista buildings, in the other-worldly weirdness of Park Güell and in the soaring spires of the Sagrada Família. A stroll along the Rambla, Barcelona’s famed promenade, reveals a city of irrepressible energy and a proud and unique identity.

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Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló

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Also among Gaudi’s most famous works. Casa Batlló looks like it rose out from the sea. The balconies are shaped like fish bones and the terrace is shaped like a dragon. These aren’t like any buildings you’ve seen before.

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Fairytale architecture Editors' Note

Of all the beautiful Modernista architecture on the Passeig de Gràcia in the Eixample area, Gaudí’s Casa Batlló is the centrepiece. The tiled facade is such a swirling vortex of curves and waves that it appears more like a living creature than a building.

One explanation for the remarkable style is that it represents Sant Jordi (St George) and the dragon, with the roof depicting the dragon’s back. It’s also possible to see inside the house where Gaudí’s imagination and attention to detail are much in evidence.

Casa Batlló
Passeig de Gràcia 43, 8007 Barcelona
34 93 216 03 06
9am-8pm daily.