Casa Milà

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261-265 Provença, Barcelona, Spain
902 20 21 38
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Casa Milà Barcelona Reviews

grandmar grandmar
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The Stone Quarry and Its Witch Scarers Mar 29, 2008
This is a corner apartment block which was Gaudi's last work before he concentrated on the Sagrada Familia. It is usually called "La Pedrera" which means "the stone quarry". It was constructed between 1906 and 1910, and like all ground breaking ideas, the construction was attacked and ridiculed and the facade was compared to an angry sea.

It is eight stories high around two circular courtyards and the guidebooks say that there are no straight walls anywhere in the building. The iron balconies designed by Josep Maria Jujol resemble seawood on the beach like white stone walls. The roof with the multitude of ducts and chimneys which can be seen as either veiled Saharan women or helmeted warriors have been dubbed the 'espantabruixes" or the witch scarers. The Mila family (for whom it is named) had an apartment on the first floor.

The building was originally meant to be dedicated to the Mother of God and crowned with a sculpture of the Virgin Mary, but after the riots of 1909, the religious theme was played down.

There is now a Gaudi Museum on the top floor, and it has displays of Gaudí's works from all over Spain, as well as explanations of theories and techniques, but we did not have a chance to do that. The Pis de la Pedrera apartment is an interesting look into the life of a family that lived in La Pedrera in the early 20th century. Everything from the bathroom to the kitchen is filled with reminders of how comprehensively life has changed in the last 75 years. People still live in the other apartments. My daughter visited and she said it was very interesting.

Prices (the audioguide is included):

*Normal ticket: 8 €.

*Discount ticket (students, senior citizens from the European Union and unemployed) 4.50 €.

*Articket: combined visit to 7 art centres in Barcelona for 20 €. Ticket valid for six months from the date of its first use.

Tickets can be purchased at the building's ticket office, in cash or with credit card.

Advance sales: Tel-Entrada Caixa Catalunya. 902 10 12 12

Open Daily 10-8; guided tours weekdays at 6. Espai Gaudi roof terrace open for drinks evenings June-Sept.

Address: Passeig de Gràcia 92, Carrer Provenca 261

Directions: Eixample district Metro 'FGC Diagonal/Provenca'

Phone: 93 484 5900

Website: http://obrasocial.caixacatalunya.es/osocial/main.html?idioma=3
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