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Facts about Casa Mila for Kids, A Gaudi Building in Barcelona, Spain
La Pedrera, meaning “the quarry”, is a building designed by the Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí, and built during 1905–1910; it is said to have been officially completed in 1912. It was then declared a World Unesco Heritage Site in 1984.
Construction of Casa Mila
The building was commissioned by Pedro Mila, a wealthy businessman, who was so impressed with Gaudí’s other building, Batllo, he requested Gaudí build him one! The building was highly unconventional for its time, relying only on arches, columns, and steel beams.
This design allowed for amazing spacial differences in all the rooms throughout the building; you will rarely see a straight line in the building.
The balconies are a series of iron bars which appear to look like waves from the distance. The iron balconies were designed by Josep Maria Jujol.
Rumor has it he designed and thought up the entire concept on the spot. When you look at the facade of the building, it looks like a rock mountain with caves. During the construction, many people thought it looked like a rock quarry, or pedrera, and now the name has stuck.
People often call the building “La Pedrera” instead of Casa Mila.
The building still has inhabitants so you can only visit the top floor, attic, and the rooftop – all of which are beautiful. The top floor has an apartment which shows how the building must have looked in the 20th century when it was completed. You also get a really good idea of what it must be like to live in the building today. Notice that there are no straight lines! The attic has a full exhibition of photos and sketches of Gaudí’s other works and buildings.
Facts about Casa Mila for Kids
I showed our kids the photos of all his buildings and we made a game – for the rest of the trip, who could point out other Gaudí buildings in Barcelona? The one with the most correct answers got to pick where we had dinner our last night in town!
The Roof of Casa Mila
The roof is the coolest part of the whole building. It has an amazing terrace with a view that is to die for. The roof is designed much like the overlook at Park Guell, also constructed by Gaudií. The chimneys look like soldiers dressed in full battle gear, and it makes for a magical, fun place to see. This is a spot for you and the kids!
If you have some extra time, go inside to see this beautiful building. The view from the roof is magnificent, and the fact that people actually live there makes it a fun place to stop!
How to but Tickets for Casa Mila
You can buy tickets and skip the line for –> Casa Mila Here, <– You should definitely buy tickets in advance, print them at home and take them with you to avoid standing in a long line.
Also, more facts about Casa Mila for kids, are have them look for the hexagons in the pavement in front of Casa Mila. They were designed by Gaudí himself and the magnificent steel streetlights with benches that line the entire avenue!
Also near there is the Museu Egipci (Egyptian museum), Museu del Perfum (museum of perfume), and Fundació Godia (museum for modern art).
from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (last admission: 6:00 p.m.)
Closed: 25 December and 13 to 19 January, 2014.
1 January: Special opening hours from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (last admission: 7:30 p.m.)
Getting to Casa Mila:
- Bus: 7,16,17, 22, 24, and 28
- Metro: Lines 3 and 5, diagonal
- FGC: Provença
- RENFE: Passeig de Gràcia
What else can I help you with in Barcelona?
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We hope you enjoyed our facts about Casa Milia for kids, and Barcelona.