Casa Batlló (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈkazə βəˈʎːo]) is a renowned building located in the centre of Barcelona and is one of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces. A remodel of a previously built house, it was redesigned in 1904 by Gaudí and has been refurbished several times after that. Gaudí's assistants Domènec Sugrañes i Gras, Josep Canaleta and Joan Rubió also contributed to the renovation project. The local name for the building is Casa dels ossos (House of Bones), as it has a visceral, skeletal organic quality.
Like everything Gaudí designed, it is only identifiable as Modernisme or Art Nouveau in the broadest sense. The ground floor, in particular, has unusual tracery, irregular oval windows and flowing sculpted stone work. There are few straight lines, and much of the façade is decorated with a colorful mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles (trencadís). The roof is arched and was likened to the back of a dragon or dinosaur. 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, Gaudí's home), which has been plunged into the back of the dragon....LESS
This newly updated pocket travel guide for Barcelona will lead you straight to the best attractions the city has to offer, whether you want to visit Antoni Gaudi's masterpieces--from La Sagrada Familia to Casa Batllo--stroll along La Rambla, or have an authentic flamenco show experience.
True to its name, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Barcelona covers all the city's major sights and attractions in easy-to-use "top 10" lists that help you plan the vacation that's right for you.- Itineraries help you plan your trip.
- Top 10 lists feature off-the-beaten-track ideas, along with standbys like the top attractions, shopping, dining options, and more.
- Comprehensive laminated pull-out map includes color-coded design, public transportation maps, and street indexes.
- Maps of walking routes show you the best ways to maximize your time.
- Additional maps marked with sights from the guidebook are shown on inside cover flaps, with selected street index and metro map.
DK's famous full-color photography and museum floor plans, along with just the right amount of coverage of the city's history and culture, provide inspiration as you explore. A free pull-out city map is marked with sights from the guidebook and includes a street index and a metro map.
The perfect pocket-size travel companion: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Barcelona.
Series Overview: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Top 10s are handy travel guides that take the work out of planning a trip. Packed with amazing ideas, informative maps, insider tips, and useful advice, DK's Top 10 guides lead you to the very best your destination has to offer. The pocket size make these the perfect guide to take on vacation. Discover the history, art, architecture, and culture of your destination through Top 10 lists, from the best museums, bars, and sights to the places to avoid.