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{Spain} La Pedrera, Another Must Visit While in Barcelona

Wow!“, “Really?!”, “How on Earth does one think of these designs?”. These were just among the few thoughts that came to mind when we saw the La Pedrera on our recent visit to Barcelona.

We first introduced you to Antoni Gaudi‘s masterpieces through Sagrada Familia. Another one of his surreal masterpieces is the La Pedrera (also known as Casa Mila).

This building is hard to miss. As you’re walking down the busy street of Passeig de Gracia (in Eixample), if the long line of people around the corner does not attract your attention, the mystical looking building should!

A building that is hard to miss on Passeig de Gracia. We opted to stay in Eixample so Gaudi’s masterpieces are within walking distance or a short subway ride away.

Due to the number of people surrounding the building, your best bet to get a good photo of the entire building without people is to visit the museum inside the building that houses miniature models of the building.

Your best bet to get a shot of the entire building without the distraction of people is to visit the museum that houses the models of the building.

The rooftop is the highlight of our visit.

Gaudi’s nature inspired designs are apparent in every inch of the building! From the outside, you’ll notice the leaf like wrought iron designs decorating the balconies, windows and doors, almost like vines hugging the building. 

There are two ways to get to the rooftopelevator and stairs. Most visitors were shown the way to the elevator. For some reason, the guide pointed Jeremy and I to the stairs! The stairs are winding and curvy, just like the rest of Gaudi’s nature inspired designs. As much as we like exercise, we’d recommend taking the elevator.

Once at the top, even if you did climb the stairs all the way up, you’ll forget it all because you’ll be awe inspired by surreal chimneys that’s placed around the rooftop!

We were at Le Pedrera in the afternoon, so the sun was pretty harsh. If we were to visit again we’d go early in the morning or later in the day, preferably before sunset. Don’t forget to check their opening hours and days. Bring a zoom lens (or use the zoom feature on your camera) to focus on the structures and avoid people in your photos.

Use your zoom lens to avoid people in your pictures. Out of this world looking chimneys on the rooftop!

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We’ve never seen such a design anywhere else in the world.

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Another out of this world looking structure on the rooftop.

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La Pedrera used to be an apartment building. However, potential tenants were reluctant to rent the rooms because many were concerned that their furniture will not fit the irregularly shaped walls. No longer renting out apartments (there is an apartment showroom however inside the building), this building is now one of the most important museums in Barcelona. It also houses Renaissance drawings and a collection of modern art paintings.

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Shirl admiring the details of the structures.

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We were so amazed at the nature inspired designs.

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Wonder what material was used here and why there are holes like that in the material?

Who would’ve thought of such a design?

Another shot of the rooftop using the miniature model in the museum.

Just one of many of Gaudi’s inspirations.

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  1. Another must visit while in Barcelona is La Pedrera (aka Casa Mila).
  2. We stayed in the region of Eixample just so most of Gaudi’s masterpieces were within walking distance or a short subway ride away.
  3. Expect to spend at least 2 hours there. We spent about 3 hours. Most of our time were spent on the rooftop (taking pictures of these unique structures), followed by time in the museum and last but not least the model apartment inside the building.
  4. Bring your zoom lens with you. Taking pictures of the structures without the distraction of people in your photos, wil require some zooming in.
  5. Another way to take pictures of the building and structures without the distraction of other tourists is to visit the museum that houses the miniature models.
  6. Be sure to check their opening hours and days before you visit.
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Have you been to La Pedrera before? What did you think?

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52 Comments

  1. Lisa James June 7, 2012 Reply

    Wow, these are really a master piece. I have never seen such a marvelous piece of art collection. Buildings are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing Jeremy & Shirlene…:)

  2. Sailor June 7, 2012 Reply

    The art works are indeed beautiful. I like the miniature pictures.
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  3. I still think you guys have the best #photos of any travel blog! {Spain} La Pedrera, Barcelona http://t.co/zmHf7xgk via @idelishtravel

  4. Hi, really loved the pictures of La Pedrera. I have always been a fan of Gaudi’s work and it has always inspired me to make a visit to Barcelona.

  5. jenjenk
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    May 16, 2012 Reply

    wow. i’m looking at my pictures and looking at your pictures…i don’t think we visited the same place! ;) gorgeous!
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  6. Grace Becker May 16, 2012 Reply

    Those are really awesome pictures that you took. That place has a beautiful scenery, and the buildings are just superb. I will like to visit it someday too. Thanks a lot for sharing with us.

  7. Ella May 11, 2012 Reply

    As in super wow! that’s a very beautiful building… love the way you captured the details as well. i hope i get to visit barcelona soon. this would definitely on my list! Thanks for sharing..

  8. Arti
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    May 10, 2012 Reply

    Hey, Waiting eagerly for your next post!
    Hope you are having a wonderful week:)
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  9. wow! as in super wow! that’s a very beautiful building… love the way you captured the details as well. i hope i get to visit barcelona soon. this would definitely on my list! :)

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