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November 3, 2002
A small museum in the attic provides a good overview of Guadi’s influences and techniques. Fantastically-shaped chimney pots and air ducts on the roof create a magical air. Evenings are the best time to visit the roof. Entrance at this time is limited. It is best to obtain tickets beforehand. On Fridays and Saturdays, you can purchase wine as the sun sets in the hills behind the city.
From journal A week in Barcelona
by Mandan Lynn
Smithwick, South Dakota
July 24, 2006
La PedreraThis was just "okay" for me. Gaudi is amazing, no doubt, and the building is phenomenal, but all I really need is to look at it. Inside there is a lot of information about the building and how it was constructed, so I highly recommend it if you're into that.Inside you also get to see one of the apartments—they're so big! I could stand to live like that.The roof is beautiful with all the stairs and the chimneys. The views are phenomenal—be sure to check out the Sagrada Familia, which you can see towering above the rest of the city.If you're on a budget, not a student, and don't really care about architecture, just glance at the building and walk on. You can see great views of the city from other places.
10:00-8:00 pmAdmission: €7 (students €3.50)
From journal Barcelona: Not Quite Spain
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
March 19, 2012
From journal A Tour of Barcelona
St. Augustine, Florida
October 18, 2009
From journal Some of the Major Sites of Barcelona
January 31, 2003
Next you go into the apartments, which are split by half museum and half representation of life in the 1920's in Spain. The rooms are very small and the corridors can get quite crowded with visitors. There are many stairs which lead to the rooftop, but the climb isn't impossible. There is a gift shop on the lower level, and you are required to leave any bags at the coat-check.
From journal Offseason Barcelona
November 27, 2002
From journal Minibreak: Barcelona
October 30, 2002
The uppermost story is converted into a display of Gaudi's design techniques, where you can admire his distinct broken arches and the ideas behind the architecture. A staircase leads into the roof and its fantastic chimneys perched on top of the curvy structure like medieval crusaders in waiting in silence for a heathen heretic.
The trip through the house gets you through an elegant apartement in style of the early 20th century. Now that's living! A few floors down you encounter a small souvenirs shop, where you can fill your greedy pockets with all things Gaudi and leave a few of your hard-earned bucks behind.
From journal Barcelona at the tips of your toes
New York, New York
July 26, 2001
My absolute favorite part of the building was without a doubt the rooftop, which has an irregular floor with unusual sculptures here and there. It almost feels like the funhouse at an amusement part - it's that strange (and lovely.) On Saturdays in the summertime, the rooftop becomes a nightclub, but I find it hard to believe that someone can walk around up there without killing themselves after having a few drinks!
La Pedrera is located a few blocks north of Plaza Catalunya on Passeig de Gracia. From the old town, continue past Plaza Catalunya on Rambla de Catalunya and make a right on c/Provenca. Walk back down toward Pl Catalunya on Passeig de Gracia and you'll soon pass (on your right) La Manzana de la Discordia, or the Block of Discord. On this avenue block, there are a number of buildings designed by different architects (not difficult to guess which is Gaudi's!) I read that a number of wealthy individuals each hired famous architects who tried to out-do each other in terms of design. The result is a block filled with wacky-looking mismatched buildings.
From journal Living it up in Barcelona
Cinnaminson, New Jersey
June 17, 2003
Caixa Catalunya is a large bank and the foundation’s exhibition hall was opened in La Pedrera in 1990. Since then it had temporary exhibits of works of Chagall, Dalí, Giacometti, Dürer, Goya to name just a few and joint exhibitions based on artistic movements or historical periods, like this one - From Ingres to Bonnard.
This exhibit gives a retrospective of perception of human figure in the French art of the 19th century from Ingres to Bonnard. The 19th century has seen many styles: neoclassicism (the style of Ingres and Boilly), which was exiting as the century was starting and making room to romanticism in everything: art, literature and architecture, shown in this exhibit by paintings of de Gros, Corot and Redon; then came realism of Courbet, Millet, Daumier, and the century ended with impressionism and post-impressionism represented here by works of Monet, Renoir, Gauguin, Rodin, Cezanne and Bonnard. The exhibit shows constant search of form and expression all through the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, which will lead to the different art movements of the century that just ended with avant-garde being one of the brightest.
From journal Travels to Spain - Barcelona, Part I
Open: Mon-Fri 10 am – 8 pm, closed Jan 1 and 6, second week in January, Dec 25 and 26
Prices: 7 euros – adult, 3.50 euros – students and senior citizens, or use Articket that allows entrance to 6 art centers of Barcelona for 15 euros.
One of Gaudi’s most amazing and ground-breaking creations, this large building, which occupies a 10,000 square feet piece of land, is usually called by the locals "La Pedrera" (the quarry) since they were astounded by its shape. Antoni Gaudi is considered the most famous Catalonian, and his whole life was devoted to architecture. When he was killed by a tram in 1926, half of Barcelona attended his funeral.
Casa Mila was built in 1906-1910 and it looks like sea waves brought white sand (actually limestone) with it and 8 floors were built. Each balcony is decorated with interesting ironwork, very unusual in shape. This can be called an enormous sculpture so unorthodox it is even by our current standards. Inside the courtyard the outside walls of all the 8 floors are painted with bright green and purple flowers (the colors slightly faded over the years) and look like a fusion of Art Nouveau and Modernism. This was the first building in the world with the underground garage.
You get a tour of the apartment on the top floor, where you can get by one of the two elevators. The apartment takes up a whole floor with living room, dining room, bedroom, nursery, bathroom, kitchen, sewing room, children’s room and maid room. In all the rooms the original furniture in Art Nouveau style (that also has baroque features) was designed by Gaudi. Also very interesting are children’s toys: dolls, wooden horse, moving pictures on the lamp. Then you walk a flight of stairs to the roof, but before you go all the way on the roof, there is a large exhibit that shows different models and stages of construction of Casa Mila as well as a retrospective of buildings designed by Gaudi both in Barcelona and elsewhere. The roof is definitely unlike anything you’ve ever seen before or could even imagine. The heater ducts and chimney pipes are enclosed in the large sculptures that look like crosses that Gaudi slightly twisted about their axis. Also from the roof you can see the spears of Sagrada Familia and the amazing silhouette of the Museu Nacional de Catalunya.
An added bonus during my visit to Casa Mila was an exhibit "From Ingres to Bonnard" of 60 paintings and sculptures from the collection of the Petit Palais Museum in Paris (through May 11, 2003) organized by Fundacio Caixa Catalunya.
Continued in Part II