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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Visiting Casa Mila, Barcelona, Spain

Casa Mila has a lot to offer which will leave its visitors in awe.

Starting at the top, the roof presents many unexpected and surprising architectural, symbolic, and artistic sculptures which also include some gorgeous mosaics.

Be sure to go on a sunny day, because this area is closed when it rains and keep in mind that running, jumping, and leaning on the railings and grilles is strictly forbidden.

The attics, or Espai Gaudí as they are called, show the models, plans, drawings, pictures, and videos of Gaudi's life and work, as well as life in the early 20th century. This area with its 270 arches which vary in height and carry the roof is bound to leave an everlasting impression.

Located on the fourth floor is the La Pedrera Apartment, which consists of two areas. The first area showcases the period between 1909 and 1929, covering the time from Tragic Week through the Barcelona International Exhibition.

The second area shows the interior as it would have been experienced by a bourgeois Barcelona family during the first decades of the 20th century. The use of original furniture, art, fabrics, household items, and other original elements, gives you a good impression of life at that time.

The Mila family resided on the main floor which was turned into an exhibition room in 1992. You can still find some of its initial elements and ornate motifs here, but most of its originality got lost after Gaudi's death and the area was redecorated.

After having wandered around for a while, there is the La Pedrera Café in the mezzanine of the building where you can rest your weary feet and enjoy a cup of java. There are also two Book and Gift shops; one is located on the ground floor and the other one on the fourth floor.

The latter will ensure you not only go home with a mind full of awesome memories, but with a tangible souvenir of this memorable visit as well!

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