Casa de les PunxesMy assessment: 4 stars+ This building’s exterior is extremely multi-faceted, and the audio-visual tour covering the story of St. George is very impressive. The audio guide is available in English and included in the price of admission.
- The inside feels a bit dull. There is no original furniture and additional details, such as old elevators, etc., are missing as well.
Last updated: 22 Jan 2019 | Celine Mülich
Price of admission: 13,50 Euro reduced price 10 Euro (children 8 - 18 years) 11,50 euro (Students, senior citizens over the age of 65) free admission for children under the age of 8
Audio guide: included in the price of admission (available in English)
Guided tours: Public Tours 20 Euro per person free for children under the age of 5 English: every day at 12.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. Spanish: every day at 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m.
How to get there: L3 (green line) and L5 (blue line), Diagonal L4 (yellow line), Verdaguer
And what’s there to see?
In August 2016, the Casa de les Punxes finally opened for visitors. This house – it’s actually more of a palace – is divided into three parts. The house was created for three sisters, and the three areas were designed for them. And you can visit one of these parts.
The audio guide, which is included in the price of admission, automatically starts whenever you pass one of the many sensors in the place (initially, this happens a bit abruptly, to be honest). It will take you on a journey through a truly wonderful audio-visual world and let you experience the story of St. George, one of Barcelona’s Patron Saints and protector of this Casa. But pay attention: The doors open and close automatically, so I’d recommend staying with the group ;) (Trust me, I speak from experience).
Afterwards, you will get more information on the family’s history. The tour concludes on the roof, where you have an amazing view. There are also few towers with two levels each, all of which you can visit. The upper levels feature some more audio-visual gimmicks, while the lower levels contain some information on the architect, Cadafalch, and his style.
Photogallery of Casa de les Punxes
A history of the Casa de les Punxes
Josep Puig i Cadafalch (born October 1867, died December 1956) was a modernist architect from Mataro, a small industrial town about 30 kilometers from Barcelona. In 1905, the textile and farming industrial Bartomeu Terradas Brutau commissioned him to build the Casa de les Punxes (also known as Casa Terradas).
His father, who passed away in 1901, made his son the company heir and left some of his financial assets to his three daughters. Afterwards, Bartomeu commissioned his friend Cadafalch to build a palace for his three sisters, Angela, Josepa, and Rosa – however, each was to receive an area of her own. One of the inspirations for the Casa de les Punxes (loosely translated, it means House of Spikes) is Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, and, of course, the tip of the spear of St. George – hence the name.
As of 1976, the building is part of the “Historic Monuments of National Interest” and one of the most visually iconic buildings in Barcelona.