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Casa Milà

Posted in Barcelona 2008, Travel by Dennis Wright on April 28, 2008

Flag of Catalonia To celebrate our respective birthdays, Naomi and I treated ourselves to a long weekend in Barcelona. Not only is it a beautiful city, it also gave me an opportunity to indulge my interest in Antoni Gaudí, Catalonia’s foremost Modernista architect, and take a few pictures.

Our hotel, the HCC Regente on Rambla de Catalunya, was a stone’s throw from one of Gaudí’s most famous buildings, Casa Milà on Passeig de Gràcia. The building, completed in 1910, is also known as La Pedrera (The Quarry).

Gaudi's Casa Mila

Casa Milà is now the headquarters of the Fundació Caixa Catalunya, the cultural foundation which manages the building as a heritage site.

Gaudí was either a genius or crazy, maybe both, but his buildings broke all the rules. Why should walls be straight and boring, with just a few twiddly bits for decoration, when you can have a disturbingly curvy façade? Modernisme (the Spanish name for Art Nouveau and not to be confused with Modernism) takes its cue from the undulating shapes found in nature.

Gaudi's Casa MilaGaudi's Casa Mila

Gaudi's Casa Mila

Gaudi's Casa MilaGaudi's Casa Mila

The Casa Milà pictures are collected here.


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  1. Laura said, on October 21, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Very helpful, gr8 pics. Hope u had a good trip. Thanks for the info! Laurs xxxxx

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