Sights of Barcelona: La Pedrera

Chimeneas de La Pedrera

On the corner of Passeig de Gracia and Provenza street a monumental building stands proud: it is La Pedrera, also known as Casa Mila. This house, designed by the creative genius of Gaudi, has become one of the most famous modernist works in the world. Let’s discover it!

The first thing that stands out of this construction is the facade, which is divided into three parts: one in Paseo de Gracia, one in Provenza street and one in the central area, which occupies the space between them and acts as a chamfer. Each is topped by several words of the Hail Mary and a total of 150 windows.

La Pedrera has a religious symbolism with which Gaudí wanted to impregnate the building. Moreover, it is a typically Gaudi’s work, evoking nature in every small detail: the undulations of the facade represent the ocean surf and there are a lot of starfish, octopus and other marine animals in the interior decoration. Also the balconies attract much attention, made with wrought iron and decorated with abstract motifs and recreations of vines.

 

Puerta Acristalada y Vestíbulo de La Pedrera

Entrance door. (Autor: beckstei / photo on flickr)

 

Gaudí was concerned both for the design of exterior and interior, and took care of even the smallest details: the doors and windows remain strictly modernist aesthetics and mythological murals and religious inspiration were performed, as the seven deadly sins.

The Casa Mila had all the advantages of the time: hot water, electricity, garage … This is because the space where La Pedrera was built was occupied by a house that served as a border between Barcelona and Gracia, which was a village separated from the city until its annexation in 1897, and became the epicenter of Barcelona’s Eixample, chosen by the bourgeoisie of the city to be located.

 

Patio interior de La Pedrera

Inner Courtyard (Autor: Jsome1 / photo on flickr)

And so, La Pedrera was built on 6 floors, including the owners’ house (the Mila couple) a basement for storage, garage and engine room, and 14 more houses to rent out, divided spread between the first and the fourth floor.

Over the years the use of the building has changed, and today is a foundation on which different activities take place: exhibitions, conferences, debates, shows … It has become a cultural landmark of the city, and any visit to Barcelona should have a mandatory stop there.

Especially interesting is the “secret Pedrera”, with which you can make a tour of the house at night and enjoy a unique, intimate and unforgettable experience.

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Photo credit: angelocesare / Foter / CC BY-ND

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