Casa Milà, or La Pedrera, Barcelona

Glass pieces and champagne bottle bottoms cover this chimney.

Glass pieces and champagne bottle bottoms cover this chimney.

Casa Milà is another one of Gaudì’s extraordinary designs, commissioned by the flamboyant developer Pere Milà and his wife.

Façade

Façade

This apartment building shook the neighborhood in the early 1900s with its rippling limestone façade and wrought iron balconies and windows. It consists of two buildings, each nine stories, joined around a courtyard.

Chimneys

Chimneys

Gaudì was a devout Catholic and wanted La Pedrera to be a spiritual symbol, complete with statues of the Virgin Mary and some archangels. The religious elements were quickly shot down by the local government, who cited building code violations.

Looking down into the courtyard

Looking down into the courtyard

The interior features plaster reliefs, handcrafted wooden doors and numerous ornamental designs. A typical bourgeois apartment is recreated in the fourth floor.

The roof is a forest of espanta bruixes, the twisted, adorned chimneys.

Tile-covered

Tile-covered

92, Passeig de Gràcia
Daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

€16,50/person

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