Monday, January 15, 2007

Sights of Barcelona: Casa Milà

Casa Milà was built the first decade of the last century. It is situated in the Eixample district, on the Passeig de Gracia, close to Placa Catalunya. It is a wonderful building where you recognize the organic shapes that you also find in Park Guëll and la Sagrada Familia. As a tourist, you have access to the museum, in the attic, through it, to the roof terraces and an art nouveau flat on the fifth floor.

We were lucky and passed the house just before opening hours, and we did not have to wait very long. I strongly recommend you to stand in line and enter this wonderful building, listed as part of the world heritage by UNESCO. Through the strange gates, and the open courtyard. The museum contains stories from Gaudís life, the inspiration he found in nature and on the different techniques he used to construct his buildings.

The flat also breathes the atmosphere of the Fin de Siècle, the elegant Art Nouveau or Jugendstil that took over from the heavy styles that dominated the decades earlier. I will take you on a short tour of the house.

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