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The Casa Mila, also known as La Pedrera is a stunning modernist house built between 1906 and 1910 by the architect Antoni Gaudi.
It is located in the heart of the Eixample district, in the commercial street of Passeig de Gràcia.
The building has a unique waving shape and was in the past the subject of many jokes, and that’s why it is popularly known as La Pedrera (the stone quarry).
The facade is decorated with stunning colors and during your visit you will also enjoy the beautiful chimneys. At night La Pedrera is illuminated with some beautiful lights, we really recommend to walk by if you are having dinner in the neighborhoods.
During the summer nights the terrace comes alive with concerts. A true must-see if you want to admire the beauty of this masterpiece building.
How to get there
- Metro: L3 and L5, stop Diagonal
- Buses: July 16, 17 22 24.
- Touristic Bus Barcelona.
- General 25 €
- FREE: Children under the age of 7. Members of the Super 3 Club. Teachers accompanying groups (1 for 20 people). Tourist guides accompanying groups. Chaperones for blind people.
- DISCOUNTS: Students, under 18 years, people over 65 years, and residents in Catalonia.
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Casa Milà was the last civil project of Gaudí before devoting himself entirely to his final masterpiece: La Sagrada Familia, from 1918 until his death in 1926.
The project of La Pedrera was commissioned by Mr. Pere Milà, after seeing the Casa Batlló (another Gaudí building located in the same avenue). Mr Milà was absolutely fascinated by the building, so he asked to the Catalan architect to made a similar house for him.
From the very beginning though, the relationship between the Milà’s Family and Gaudí were always marked by conflict, mainly because of the delay in the construction and because of the changes in the initial budget, constantly increasing.
Façade of La Pedrera
From the external stone facade with its impressive waving shape, it is hard to imagine that it is in fact supported by a framework of metal pillars. This feature is even more impressive if we consider that this architectural solution was a total innovation at the time.
The facade is decorated by beautiful colors and metal flowers are built all over the balconies and the entrances of the house.
One of the most impressive parts is however the beautiful roof, with its spectacular medieval soldier-shaped chimneys, decorated with small pieces of glass and broken pottery.
The interior of the Casa Milà as impressive as its external facade with its curved shape, wavy roofs and picturesque staircases.
The courtyards are filtering sunlight through the ceramic tiles and glasses creating stunning lightings inside the building.
Legend of La Pedrera
There are many interpretations about the meaning of this impressive building: some people say that it symbolizes the Virgin's mantle, given the extreme religiosity of Gaudi.
Other people believe that La Casa Mila represents a huge snow-covered mountain; or the waves of the sea, based on the white color and the wavy shape of the facade.
In any case, La Pedrera is a clear example of the enormous creativity and geniality of Gaudí, who brought new architectural solutions to all his works.