The Quarry – Barcelona, Spain Trip #5November 10, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Posted in itchy backside | Leave a comment
Tags: Architecture, Arts, Museum, Nostalgia, Spain, Travel
Itchyfingers decided to pay a visit to another masterpiece of Antoni Gaudi when the lift to Sagrada Família was closed due to a light drizzle. Had a fairly hard time trying to look for it after missing a turn and getting distracted by sculptures on the street.
Itchyfingers were looking for Casa Milà, better known as La Pedrera, which
means “The Quarry” because of its stone-like appearance. It was designed
by Gaudi and built during the years 1905-1910, and considered officially
completed in 1912
At 9 plus in the morning, the queue for tickets was already forming. Besides the €14 adult ticket, I also paid for an audio guide as a friend who had visited not too long before us strongly recommended getting one.
Remember the hanging model in Sagrada Família? This was another example.
Under this model was a mirror to reflect its image the right-way up.
Was glad that I had the audio guide to explain more clearly on the idea
Application of the hanging model on the construction of Sagrada Família
I love this building the first time I saw this! The balconies looked like little
skulls, which reminded me of Jack the Pumpkin King in Tim Burton‘s
classic stop-motion animated film, “A Nightmare Before Christmas“.
Tisu Boy said the building was in the vicinity…I must visit this! So cute! :O
I was too distracted by the exhibition gallery and forgotten that we should have check out the rooftop terrace first before the rain came, since it was a cloudy day. Tisu Boy kept hurrying me to go up first and come back to the exhibition later. As it turned out, he was right…When we went up, it was already drizzling and it seemed to be getting heavier…
The staircase entrances were made to look like sculptural houses (the one
with a door at the right). Even the ventilator shafts and chimneys were
made like sculptures of warriors. But they were generally monochromatic
compared to those more striking-coloured sculptures in Gaudi’s other works
This cluster of warrior-like chimneys had this green-coloured mosaic tiles
on them which made them look like dirty mouldy mushrooms from far…
Yeah! Could see the “cucumber” from here too!
I continued at the exhibition gallery to finish off what I had missed. Besides the models of buildings designed by Gaudi, there was also a section showing animal and plant specimens as Gaudi often drew his inspiration from nature.
Then we proceeded to view the apartment that was decorated with early 20th century furnishings.
When I saw a similar one in our hotel room, I was puzzled why was there
another toilet bowl without the cover. The one on the right is actually called
a “bidet”, and it’s used to wash your bum after doing your big business! 😀
For a dummy guide on how to use the bidet, see this site… 😀
Beside the famous Sagrada Família, which is a must-see if you love Gaudi’s work, a visit to La Pedrera is also recommended. Besides being an interesting and beautiful work of architecture, the exhibition also gives you an overview of Gaudi – his ideas and what inspired him, by showing different models of his other works. I cannot helped but wondered how did he manage to convince his clients to approve his rather radical and new ideas at his time. Either he was a very good presenter or he was very lucky to have clients with very open minds. In any case, it is a blessing to all as otherwise we wouldn’t have such beautiful buildings to visit and admire now. :p
Next time when you visit La Pedrera, try flipping through the guest book and
look for Itchyfingers’ doodlings…hahah….Oops…this gave away the date
of our visit…Gotta try to write more often to cover more about Spain! 😀
Also see related posts:
> A Visit to the Market – Barcelona, Spain Trip #4
> A Bird’s Eye View – Barcelona, Spain Trip #3
> Inside the Construction Site- Barcelona, Spain Trip #2
> The World’s Most Beautiful Construction Site – Barcelona, Spain Trip #1