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A final ‘hit’ of Gaudi

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Last day in Barcelona, so time for a final Gaudi ‘hit’ to keep me going. I don’t believe I have saved the best to last – but this is an amazing development in it’s own right. We are talking about La Pedrera.

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Completed in 1910, this fantastic, undulating apartment block, with its out-of-this-world roof and delicate wrought ironwork, is one of the most emblematic of all Gaudí’s works. La Pedrera, also known as Casa Milà, was Gaudí’s last great civic work before he dedicated the last 40 years of his life to the Sagrada Família (as described in a previous blog).

Restored to its former glory during the 1980s, La Pedrera now contains a museum dedicated to Gaudi, a furnished museum apartment, as well as private residences.

What makes La Pedrera so magical is that every last detail, from door knobs to light fittings, bears the hallmark of Gaudí. Where Sagrada Familia is Gaudi to excess, this is ‘everyday Gaudi’ as it is designed to be lived in. Don’t imagine this waters down the effect though! It is still stunning and totally worth a visit!

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It is the outside that drives this building, the roof and it’s chimneys and rising and falling areas leads into the swooping lines of the upper Walls and inner courtyards (there are two).

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Internally the apartment is surprisingly normal – the doors are not square, but the rooms themselves lack any major Gaudi features. What is very noticeable though is that none of the rooms are square, all appear to have been ‘fitted in’ to the external dimensions as an after thought.

So a worthwhile visit, but it is the externals that are most impressive here.