Casa Batllo

Odd. Very very odd.

I don’t know what was in the cigarettes being smoked in Catalonia around the turn of the 1900’s, or just how strong the mushrooms were, but there are clear signs of madness in the works of Gaudi, Casa Batllo being a prime example. It’s a hideous, monstrous carbuncle of a place, although this is clearly a personal opinion, others will love it.

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Antoni Gaudi was commissioned to renovate an existing building, which he did between 1904 and 1906. The facade is odd, the interior is odd and the roof terrace is odd. Even the heating and plumbing systems are odd.

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I didn’t actually want to visit it once I’d seen it from the outside, it’s truly vile, but I was there to see it so I paid my dues and entered one of the most visited sites in Spain.

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From the beginning your eyes are assaulted by various vile visions. I’m as much a fan of individuality as the next person, but honestly, this place is truly individual.

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No bad thing some may say and I agree. No bad thing if you don’t actually see it with your own eyes.

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I suspect that Town Planning would have something to say these days if you tried to do something similar.

I went to see Casa Batllo and I saw it. I found it as vile as the Sagradia Familia, of which more to follow another time. I can say I’ve seen it. I can’t think of anything else to say.

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7 Responses to Casa Batllo

  1. My thoughts exactly. I didn’t go inside!

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  2. Nikki says:

    It does look like the nightmare you might have after a bad case of indigestion, doesn’t it?!?

    But I do thank you for the chance to see it for myself, without having to travel back to Barcelona.

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    • I think I can safely say it wasnt my cup of tea. Others loved it though, all a question of taste I guess. Barcelona is such a wonderful city though.

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      • Nikki says:

        My only stay in Barcelona was a short side-trip from Madrid, where we were awaiting transport to West Africa, to visit some of my late husband’s relatives. In ferrying from one home to another, we were taken up to Montjuic Castle, which was quite an experience. I understand that it has now been changed from a military museum to a municipal facility, which seems a shame.

        So thanks again for showing me the whimsical side of the city.

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      • It was still a museum when I was there last year, although I think there is also a municipal part of the building.

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  3. Nikki says:

    I’m glad to hear that the Spaniards found a way to combine the two.

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