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Casa Milà

Casa Milà, better known as La Pedrera (Catalan for ‘The Quarry’), is a building designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and built in the years 1906–1910. It is one of the most important landmarks of Barcelona and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


    Casa Milà was commissioned by a rich couple, Roser Segimon and Pere Milà. It was designed by the Antoni Gaudí and the construction started in 1906, getting completed by 1912. The design was unconventional and controversial for that time and the bold forms of the stone façade and wrought iron decoration in the balconies and windows, by Josep Maria Jujol, did not go well with the local people who considered the building weird and unbecoming of the locality.


    The architecture of the building was unique, with a bimorphic appearance, where the shape of the exterior continued to the interior.  The basement was a garage, the main floor the residence of the owners while the rest of the spaces was to be built into 20 residences, to be rented to tenants. The layout was shaped like an asymmetrical ’8′. The attic housed the laundry and drying areas, forming an insulating space for the building and simultaneously determining the levels of the roof.

    The most significant parts of the building was the roof, crowned with skylights or staircase exits, fans, and chimneys. All of these elements, constructed with timbrel coated with limestone, broken marble or glass, while having a specific architectural function, became real sculptures integrated into the building.

    Gaudi was a devout Catholic and a lot of Casa Milà was intended to become a spiritual symbol. Overt religious elements are found throughout the building.


    La Pedrera (Casa Milà)
    Days Everyday except 25 Dec, 13 to 19 Jan 2014
    Timing 4 Nov to 28 Feb 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM Last entry – 6:00 PM
    1 Jan 11:00 AM to 6:30 PM Last entry – 6:00 PM
    1 Mar to 3 Nov 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM Last entry – 7:30 PM
    Entrance Tickets General €16.50
    Students €14.85
    Disabled €14.85
    Children (7 to 12 years) €8.25
    Children(<6 years) Free
    Exhibition Visit
    Days Everyday except 24 and 25 Dec, 1 and 6 Jan 2014
    Timing 17 Sep 2013 to 12 Jan 2014 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM Last entry – 7:30 PM
    Entrance Tickets General €3
    Students €2
    Disabled €2
    Children (7 to 12 years) €2
    Children(<6 years) Free
    Reach RENFE Passeig de Gràcia
    FGC Provença.
    Metro lines 3 and 5, Diagonal
    Bus Routes  7,16,17, 22, 24, 28
    Audio Guide Languages Catalan, Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Galician, Basque
    Special version for kids
    descriptive version for the blind
    transcriptions for the hard of hearing
    Cost €4


    Photo Courtesy: vgm8383

    Reference: Wikipedia , Official Site

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