The two things that come to mind when I think of the master architect Antoni Gaudi (Antoni Plàcid Guillem Gaudí i Cornet) are 1- Genius! and 2- What was that guy smoking?? Walking around in Casa Batllo you feel like you’re in a Tim Burton movie, the only thing that gives you reason to doubt this is the fact that Johnny Depp is nowhere to be found. Each room, staircase, hallway, door, window and wall are unique. I’m not sure that you can find a straight line in the whole building, everything seems to have a curve, twist or round edge. In certain places you feel like you’re underwater as you’re looking through warped glass at walls covered by blue and turquoise tile. Other rooms have an organic feel to them and you get the feeling of being inside some strange mythological creature, this is why it’s know locally as Casa dels ossos or the house of bones. Nothing escaped Gaudi’s touch in this architectural masterpiece, the attention to detail is incredible. How lucky the Batllo family was to be able to live in such a stunning and unique building. Today Casa Batllo is a museum open to the public that is one of the most popular tourist spots in Barcelona.
If you find yourself going to Barcelona, do yourself a favour and make sure to visit the magnificent buildings and other eclectic structures that Gaudi built, he saw the world in a very unique way and his legacy is something we can all share and appreciate. I’ll have more images of places that Gaudi designed in future blog posts.
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