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Casa Mila / Pedrera

Casa Milà and Casa Batllo are two of visionary architect Antoni Gaudi's most striking buildings. Built in close proximity to each other on Barcelona's classy Passeig de Gracia, both buildings have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. On this fascinating tour you will learn all about Gaudi's use of symbolism and metaphor in these two apartment blocks and explore their fascinating interiors. Casa Milà, popularly known as ‘La Pedrera’, was built between 1906 and 1912 and is one of Gaudi's most ambitious works. The Casa Milà was ahead of its times when it was built and has lost none of its avant garde character since then. The architect’s great creative freedom and imaginative ornamental designs are visible in every detail, from the wrought iron balconies, the painted frescoes and the roof terrace, known as the garden of warriors with its famous chimney stacks, bearing a resemblance to helmeted warriors. Gaudi was initially inspired by certain great baroque works but over time developed structural shapes and volumes devoid of rational rigidity or any classic premise and the whole building was built around the symbolism of the ship of life. A whole world of surprises and refined architectural details is waiting for you behind the striking modernist façade of Casa Batlló. Beat the queues and experience the full splendour of this amazing museum at your own pace with an audio-guide and map. So put on your headphones and learn all about this fascinating building. The museum has been laid out into five distinct areas and your audio-guide will take you around each one, pointing out the highlights and details as you go. Visit the Noble Floor with its great views down over the sophisticated Passeig de Gracia. Explore the vast loft, once the Batllo family's laundry and storeroom and then step out on to the roof terrace, built to resemble a dragon's back with its amazing chimneys. Casa Milà and Casa Batllo are two of visionary architect Antoni Gaudi's most striking buildings. Built in close proximity to each other on Barcelona's classy Passeig de Gracia, both buildings have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. On this fascinating tour you will learn all about Gaudi's use of symbolism and metaphor in these two apartment blocks and explore their fascinating interiors Meeting/ pick-up point: Provença, 261 - 265. 08008, Barcelona. Start/opening time: 5 November to 28 February. Monday to Sunday: from 9am to 6.30pm (last admission: 6pm), Closed: 25 December, and 7 to January 13, 2013. 1 January: special opening hours from 11am to 6.30pm. 1 March to 4 November. Monday to Sunday: from 9am to 8pm (last admission: 7.30pm).