Casa Mila (La Pedrera)
Casa Mila in Barcelona is commonly known as La Pedrera. It has been constructed until 1912 on Barcelona’s most expensive boulevard, Passeig de Gracia.
Architect Antoni Gaudi designed it in the contemporary modernista style for Rosario Segimon and Pere Mila.
The couple had come to wealth in the Spanish colonies in Latin America before returning to Barcelona. Casa Mila belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Works of Antoni Gaudí.
Its limestone facade with the cave-like balconies appears to be cut off one single white rock. This is why it was given the name La Pedrera (the quarry) during construction and even today is more widely known by this nickname.
Entering the building you will get to two round courtyards which bring daylight into every room.
Inside Casa Mila
Casa Mila was once constructed as an apartment building. There is one reconstructed flat which gives you an impression on how people used to live here in the beginning of the 20th century.
Since Gaudi wanted the inhabitants of the house to be in contact with each other, he designed the elevators in a way, that only every second floors had access to it. In the attic you can find a small exhibition of Antoni Gaudi with models of his works.
The roof terrace with Casa Mila’s extraordinary chimneys
Despite the architecture of the building, the roof terrace of la Pedrera is probably why most people come here.
The marvellous chimneys cover a lot of pictures and postcards from Barcelona. These chimneys resemble surrealistic creatures that are guarding this master-piece of modernista architecture.
On top of that, since Casa Mila is one of the tallest buildings on passeig de Gracia, the terrace offers you great views of the Example district and Barcelona’s city center.
Casa Mila – Facts
Admission: adults €16.50, students €14.85, children from 7 to 12 years €8.25, children up to 6 years free
Opening times: In winter Monday to Sunday from 9.00 to 18.30 hrs
In summer Monday to Sunday from 09.00 to 20.00 hrs
Closed 25th and 26th December, 1st and 6th January
How to get there?
Take any metro to Diagonal or Passeig de Gracia. Or use the Barcelona Turistic Bus, which stops here on the blue and the red route.