Timings : Monday to Sunday from 10 AM to 6 PM
Time Required : 1 hour
Entry Fee : General Admission: EUR 24
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A Monderisme building in Barcelona, the Casa Amatller makes up one-third of Barcelona’s lionised Illa de la Discòrdia, the Block of Discord. It is an architectural masterpiece, designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch. Adjacent to Gaudi’s Casa Batlló, the Casa Amatller was designed originally as a residence for chocolatier Antoni Amatller.
The Casa Amatller was declared an artistic and historical monument in 1976. Now only the ground floor is open to visitors since it is the only part of the house which has still preserved the intricately designed stained glass windows of the Modernista era.
Incorporating Germanic elements, this neo-Gothic mansion sports some of the most detailed sculpture compositions on its archways. Some guided tours allow you access to Antoni Amatller’s bedroom. An art lover’s paradise, the monument has several priceless pieces adorning its walls.
General Admission: EUR 24
Students & Over 65: EUR 21.60
Children between 7-12 years: EUR12
Children below 7 years: Free of Charge
The Catalan structure heavily draws from neo-Gothic Modernista styles and incorporates some Germanic elements. The flat façade of the building hides several details in plain sight. Among these are decorative motifs of almond tree flowers since Amatller means almond tree in Catalan and the wrought iron gates hide an ‘A’ formed from gargoyles. The urban Gothic dwelling has a single palazzo broken by a Germanic bridged cornice, highlighted by ceramic tiles.
In 1898 the house, originally created by Antoni Robert in 1875, was purchased by chocolatier Antonio Amatller Costa and redesigned by Catalan Spanish Modernista architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch. The construction of Casa Amatller was finalised in 1900. Like most Modernista architects at the time, Puig i Cadafalch collaborated with local craftsmen to add details to the structure.
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