La PedreraMy rating: 4.5 stars+ This is another absolute must for visitors of Barcelona, architects, and fans of Gaudí! George Lucas was apparently so enthralled with the chimneys that he modeled his imperial storm troopers after them.
- Once again, the price is a bit high – 24 Euro. To make up for that, the audio guide is now included in the price of admission.
Note: Long lines during the summer months.
Last updated: 21 Feb 2020 | Celine Mülich
The details at a glance
Opening hours: 3d of March – 2d of November: Monday - Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., (last admission 7:30 p.m.) 3d of November – 2d of March: Monday - Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., (last admission 6:00 p.m.)
Price of admission: Basic Ticket: Short waiting in line €27 On site €24 Online reduced price 16,50 Euro (19,50 Euro on site for students, disabled persons, seniors) 11 Euro (14 Euro on site for children in the age of 7 to 12)
Open Ticket: no waiting in line €34 On site €31 Online reduced €11 (€14 on site for children in the age of 7 to 12)
How to get there: L3 (green line) and L5 (blue line): Diagonal
What’s there to see?
You enter the Casa Milà through the courtyard. Its oval shape and the strange pull that goes upward, towards the light, will confuse and amaze you at the same time. Next is the roof. This roof, with its unusual chimneys and the view of the entire city, will surprise you.
Afterwards, take a look at the “Espai Gaudí” – there, you can learn more about the Pedrera’s construction and the basics of Gaudí’s perception of architecture as a whole. There is a film that takes you back into the 19th century, when the Pedrera was being built. And you’ll absolutely love the recreation of a 19th century Pedrera apartment.
The exhibition rooms on the apartment’s second floor, where the Milà family used to live, change exhibitions every once in a while.
Photogallery of Casa Milá (la Pedrera)
On the house’s history
The Casa Milà is also known as “La Pedrera” (the quarry) due to its cold, hard-looking façade. It was commissioned by the industrialist Pere Milà i Camps in 1906, and Gaudí obliged. The plan was to build a family estate with apartments for rent.
The building was created during a time (1906 – 1912) when the new Eixample district was growing and the Passeig de Gracia became more and more “the place to be”. The building itself consists of two apartment blocks, two courtyards and six floors.
Gaudí had already turned 53 when he started planning Casa Milà, and not only was he at his personal best, his career was also as good as it had ever been. His style was mature, and his opinions were his own. This was his last work for a private customer, and it became a seminal work, both from a technical and from an artistic standpoint.
It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site as early as 1984, and in 1986 the bank “Catalunya Caixa” purchased the building and opened it for the public in 1996.
Nowadays, the foundation “Catalunya – La Pedrera” is located here, alongside a cultural center.