Casa Batlló

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Casa Batlló
Casa Batllo Overview Barcelona Spain cut.jpg
Basic data
Place: Eixample , Barcelona , Catalonia
Use: Apartment block
Construction time: 1904 - 1906
Architect : Antoni Gaudí
Architectural style : Modernism
Technical specifications
Height: 32 m
Width: 14.5 m
Depth: 31 m
Floors: 6th
Building material: Concrete , iron , sandstone , ceramic , glass ,

Casa Batlló ( Catalan and Spanish for "Batlló House" - named after its former owner) is a residential and commercial building based on a design by Antoni Gaudí on Passeig de Gracia  43 in Barcelona 's Eixample district . It is considered to be one of the structural highlights of the city.


The building, erected in 1877, was completely rebuilt for the textile industrialist Josep Batlló i Casanovas in the years 1904 to 1906 in the style of modernism . Gaudí worked with Josep Maria Jujol and Joan Rubió i Bellver . In addition, the sculptors Joan Beltran, Josep Llimona , Carles Maní i Roig, Joan Matamala i Flotats and Llorenç Matamala i Pinyol were involved in the design. The ceramics , which Gaudí used here, as in many of his other buildings, to a great extent, come from Sebastià Ribó.

The colorful facade reproduces the legend of Saint George , the patron saint of Catalonia ( called Sant Jordi here ): the roof represents the scales of the dragon that Saint George fights, the cross on the roof is his lance. The wrought-iron balconies stand for skulls and the gallery on the first floor for the dragon's mouth.

Casa Batlló has been a listed building since 1962 and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2005, along with other works by Gaudí . It is currently owned by the Bernat family, who initiated a comprehensive restoration in 1995. Some of the building can be visited - including the foyer, the bel étage , the stairwell, the attic, the roof and the backyard. With almost one million visitors a year, it is one of the ten most important sights in Barcelona.


  • Joan Bergós i Massó, Joan Bassegoda i Nonell, Maria A. Crippa: Gaudí. The man and the work. Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern 2000, ISBN 3-7757-0950-9 .
  • Xavier Güell: Antoni Gaudí. Verlag für Architektur Artemis, Zurich 1987, ISBN 3-7608-8121-1 .

Web links

Commons : Casa Batlló  - album with pictures, videos and audio files

Coordinates: 41 ° 23 ′ 30 "  N , 2 ° 9 ′ 54"  E