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“You just have to take this visit”
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La Pedrera
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Casa Mila, popularly known as La Pedrera, is a most unusual building, constructed between 1906 and 1912 by the architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926) and declared UNESCO World Heritage in 1984. Today it is the headquarters of Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera and houses a cultural centre that is a reference point in Barcelona for the range of activities it organises and the different spaces for exhibitions and other public uses it contains. A visit to La Pedrera, landmark building and container, gives us a better understanding and appreciation of architecture and transports us to the period when Antoni Gaudí lived.
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“You just have to take this visit”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

this is purely stunning. You can stay for hours & still find little bits of amazing colour, texture & architecture unfold before your eyes. Pure magic & the view from the roof top is brilliant. the museum of the apartment is breathtaking. So beautiful, huge apartment, workmanship just wonderful.

Visited May 2014
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“Fascinating sculptures and wonderful views”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

We liked the many and varied Gaudi sculptures on the roof terrace and the wonderful views over Barcelona. I would also recommend the La Pedrera cafe for a snack - the cappucino coffees are the best I've had (if on the small side).

Visited May 2014
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“Took time looking at the drawings and models”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

We went to the Segrada Familia the day before we visited La Pedrera, and yes, the SF is much more impressive, but we were delighted with the apartment house. And yes, work was being done on the exterior, and yes it costs 16,50€ for a ticket (plus 4€ for the audiophone ) which is around $28-29 US. It was worth it. We pay that amount in NYC to see one of the Museums or homes after all.

Buy your tickets on line in advance. We chose 10 on a Sunday morning (opening time) and there were very few people. They send you to the roof first. We walked around it to get a feeling and for the views. Then we went down into the attic. Many people rushed through. It was our favorite part of the building and not just for the arches. There is tons of information on the materials and building techniques--way out there for the early 1900's and a presager of some of the techniques used in the SF. There are comfortable little seats to sit on and several places to listen to the audiophone (which we found indispensable!) we were intrigued by how Gaudi hung his models upside down and tested load bearing, well before computer models. None of the interior walls are load bearing, so this building could meet various family needs. There was even a garage.

I enjoyed the apartment portion, my husband less so. It is easy to get caught up in the period pieces but take some time looking at the leaf motifs on the floor tiles, the curves in the door frames, the door knobs, the lighting. This is no dark Victorian era home.

Staff was helpful offering elevator help so people did not have to climb as many steps

Visited May 2014
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“Like Modern Art...”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

You can't believe the sculptures are from 100+years ago....the feeling is great when standing on the roof top, enjoying the breeze and admiring the different styles of sculpture. It takes at least one hour to run through the whole building... When u are on the sixth floor looking at the design, try to take a photo from the mirror on the floor.

Visited May 2014
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“Steep price for a roof”
Reviewed 10 May 2014

At the time we visited, the building was entirely covered by scaffolding and tarps, so we could not appreciate the beauty of the facade. We booked online and went first thing in the morning (first inside) and rushed immediately for the roof. We had 15 to 30 minutes to take all our pictures on an (almost) empty roof, which was great. Then, we got back to the beginning and restarted the visit.

First thing to know, the booking process is the same than the Sagrada Familia, the Palau Güell or the Parc Güell, you have to book online and choose a precise time frame. There's little chance you'll just walk in and get a ticket for now, plus the queues are long and in the middle of the construction work noise. Next thing to know, for the outrageous price of 16.50€ per person, the audio-guide is not included. You have to pay 4€ more for it. If you're like us and think they are out of their mind, just do the whole tour without watching anything, and when you reach the end, grab one of the audio-guides left by previous visitors. It's not honest, but they started it.

Overall impression is quite mixed, the roof is amazingly strange and picturesque, we stayed there for probably an hour in total. So many things to look at. The rest of the visit is disappointing. The recreation of a golden era apartment feels fake and forced and more than anything, uninteresting. You also have to suffer though yet another small museum dedicated to Gaudi, its life and death. I say 'suffer through' because if you did any other Gaudi building before, then you've already seen it. Then, you walk down a gazillion stairs passing by every floor of the house that you can't visit and that's already the end. They force you through not one but two boring and overpriced souvenir shops and off you go.

Overall, a deception. Outrageous price for a roof visit.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Nicolas G
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