Art Nouveau Tour: Gaudi Buildings & Modernist Museum
Step into the Modernist Architecture of Gaudi
DURATION: UP TO 4-HOURS
A walking tour with an expert English-speaking guide in the city center to visit the Gaudi houses Casa Milá La Pedrera, a beautiful monument of great fantasy with its famous roof-top chimneys resembling medieval knights, and the incredible Casa Batlló, an architectural gem with a mosaic façade and a tiled roof, followed by the Modernist Museum.
The urban development of central Barcelona was defined, towards the end of the 19th century, by the Eixample. An extensive grid, with large avenues and chambered corners, joined the irregular layouts of old districts and outlying towns to the surrounding hills. Works by Gaudí, such Casa Milà “La Pedrera”, Casa Batlló and the temple of the Sagrada Familia (the Holy Family) are just a few of the many modernist gems treasured by the city.
Casa Milà, better known as La Pedrera (Catalan for “The Quarry”), was built for Roger Segimon de Milà. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Works of Antoni Gaudí.” Most people consider it magnificent and overwhelming; some say it is like waves of lava or a sand-dune. This building seems to break our understanding of conventional architecture. The most astonishing part is the roof with an almost lunar appearance and dreamlike landscape.
Casa Batlló building, like everything Gaudi design, is only identifiable as Modernisme or Art Nouveau in the broadest sense. The ground floor, in particular, is rather astonishing with tracery, irregular oval windows, and flowing sculpted stone work. It seems that the goal of the designer was to avoid straight lines completely. Much of the façade is decorated with a mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles (trencadís) that starts in shades of golden orange moving into greenish blues. The roof is arched and is likened to the back of a dragon or dinosaur.
The Museu de Modernisme Català is housed in a centrally located modernist building designed by the architect Enric Sagnier. The top floor of the museum showcases the furniture and decorative arts and has a room dedicated to Antoni Gaudi. The ground floor displays paintings, sculptures and stained glass.
This 4-hour tour includes:
- Casa Mila "La Pedrera"
- Casa Batllo
- Modernist Museum
Pick-Up/Drop-Off: Your guide will pick you up from your Barcelona city-centre hotel. Your tour will conclude at a point within the city-centre, where you guide will instruct you on how to return to the hotel.
Includes: A private expert English-speaking guide for up to 4-hours, Entrance Fees to Casa Mila & Casa Batllo and Modernist Museum.
Excludes: Guide Gratuity, Extra Hours.