Thursday’s Special: Traces of the Past

From the not too distant past this masterpiece, designed by Antoni Gaudí, attracts a lot of attention.

Formerly an apartment block, (who wouldn’t want to live there?) now a museum, it is rather expensive to visit and another place you might want to book online beforehand to avoid the queues.

Casa Batlló is located at 43 Passeig de Gràcia, in easy walking distance of Plaça de Catalunya. There are two other modernistic buildings in this block which are equally impressive, though perhaps not as eccentric as this one.


Construction started in 1877 and is a remodel of a former house. Also known as the house with the dragon roof, or even ‘house of bones’ the facade is covered in colourful tiles.


One of the strangest residential buildings in Europe, this is Gaudí at his hallucinatory best. The facade, sprinkled with bits of blue, mauve and green tiles and studded with wave-shaped window frames and balconies, rises to an uneven blue-tiled roof with a solitary tower.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

37 thoughts on “Thursday’s Special: Traces of the Past”

    1. We drifted past this whilst we were waiting for a walking tour to begin and were wandering around the neighbourhood. Decided against paying to go inside.

  1. I saw this from the outside, but didn’t go in. I thought the balconies looked like the eye sockets of skulls. It would certainly be a cool address, but no doubt far too expensive on my budget!
    Best wishes, Pete. x

  2. I’ve been inside. The hell with the expense! I knew I’d never get back there. Your audio sets photo made me smile. I didn’t do too well with mine. Always ended up in the wrong place! 🙂 🙂

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