Monday, December 16, 2013

Spain - Casa Batlló, Barcelona

Ever seen a building with a weird rooftop like this?

Well, if you haven't, you should try to visit Casa Batlló. It's better to buy the tickets online in advance, but if you have a smart phone, you could also buy it online on site. Even if you don't have internet access via data plan, don't worry: they provide you with free WiFi close to the entrance. And the purpose is to let you purchase the tickets online and avoid the queue. Pretty nice, huh?

It's nice to travel as students because you get discounts to enter a lot of attractions in Barcelona. Now I kind of wish I don't have to graduate so soon haha :)

Typicial of Gaudi's creation, the interior design is thoroughly unique. For example, look at the ceiling lights and the fireplace.

Ceiling lights


And also, this spiraling ceiling:

As if the center of the ceiling was sucked in a whirlpool.

The windows, the pillars, the walls... they are incredible. Pretty much every part of the interior is a wonder.

Oh, and this ceiling is especially weird.

I don't think anyone knows exactly what it is except the designer himself. Some say it's a ripple of water, some theorize that those big bumps are actually... butts.

(image taken from here)

We spent about two hours to explore the building because there are quite some flight of stairs to climb.

As usual, don't miss the rooftop of Gaudi's masterpiece because it holds the best deal: the dragon's back up close.

I don't know a lot about art and architecture, but the visit brought me lots of fun, especially when you use a little bit of imagination when you look at some of the things you find there. For example, this door:

kind of looks like a surprised face, no?

(image from here)

Anyways, I think it's really worth the entrance fee I paid. It was a really beautiful, gorgeous, stunning, brilliant work. Astonishing!


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