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Antoni Gaudí, the architect who built this jewel of Catalan modernism, wanted the façade to reflect his romantic and anti-classical ideas about design. It was built for the Milà family between 1906 and 1910. Neither the family nor the public were much impressed; it was dubbed La Pedrera (stone quarry) as an insult. Only later in 1984 did it win great acclaim when the UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site. Now internationally celebrated, La Pedrera or Casa Milà is a prime example of Gaudí's civil architecture; it is aesthetically interesting and unique, as well as outstandingly practical.
It was the 1st Gaudi's masterpiece that we visited in Barcelona and it was a very good start for exploring his art. The building is very distinctive from the outside. The interiors are oustanding as well. I particularly liked pieces of furniture and little details that make you think that you're in the 19th century
You can't claim to have seen Barcelona without taking an up-close look at Gaudi's work. From the outside, I wasn't very impressed by Casa Mila/ La Pedrera -- it seemed almost grotesque to me. It's only when you enter the show apartment (furnished as it would have been in the early 1900s) that you appreciate Gaudi's genius. The rooms really flow into each other, and have wonderful natural light. I have no particular interest in architecture, but it was fascinating to see how well the space is used.
The exhibitions in the attics (composed of wonderful catenary arches) are very effective in showing how Gaudi's careful observation of the natural world influenced his designs. And from the attics, you can get out onto the roof terraces, with their weird and wonderful chimneys, giving a great view out over the city.
I don't remember the entrance fee, but audio guides in a variety of languages were included with it, and these added a lot to the experience, giving lots of extra information. I'd definitely recommend a visit, but go early to see the show apartment, to avoid crowds.
Casa Mila was pretty cool on the outside but on the inside is pretty much a museum. You get a headset and you have someone tell you the history of La Pedrera. It's pretty cool but I really liked the outside structure. That Gaudi was a strange man.
It was just amazing to realize that this building is almost 100 yrs old. It doesn't look like it was built so long ago. Gaudi was truly ahead of his time.
Pay attention to the ironwork throughout the building. From the entrance gates to the balcony railings...just purely organic in design.
I just love heading up to the roof and looking at the city. You can see Gaudi's masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia in the distance. He didn't neglect the roof - you can see some sculptures too. Really cool space.
The facade is all Gaudi, with balconies made of flowing, twisted iron. The roof top affords a great view of Barcelona.
The display space showcases Gaudi's major works, with videos, models...etc showing his use of light and shadows in his structures. The ceiling of the display floor reminds me of gothic cathedrals.
The highlight of Casa Mila is the specacular view from the roof. There are granite structures on the top that resemble heads with helmets watching over the city. On a clear day, you can see the coast, the Sagrada Familia, Tibidabo, the mountains, and all of Barcelona. An even more amazing Gaudi building, Casa Batllo, lies across the street and a few blocks toward Plaza Catalunya. Don't miss either one.
In the middle of Barcelona is La Pedrera. A beautiful show piece of Antoni Gaudi. Please walk to this location as on the way there are many intersing things along the way to see and experience especially the tiling on the sidewalks etc.
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