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Casa Pedrera – The House That Looks Like an Open Quarry

In Barcelona, there’s a house that the locals fondly call Casa Pedrera (or the Quarry). If you look at its facade, it really looks like a rugged quarry. However, its original name was Casa Mila. Anton Gaudi, Catalan’s most beloved architect built it for the wealthy Mila Family. This house was one of his last projects before he concentrated himself on building the city’s most iconic structure, the Sagrada Familia. 

Before you enter Casa Pedrera or Casa Mila, look up and you’ll see the billowing edges of Casa Pedrera. They do look like a quarry, right? And, do you see those twisted, wrought-iron balconies? They’re awesome, eh?!
Casa Pedrera - The House That Looks Like a Quarry (Barcelona, Spain)

Casa Pedrera – The House That Looks Like a Quarry (Barcelona, Spain)

When you get inside (after paying, of course), you’ll be ushered into a simple courtyard with a staircase like this. Unfortunately, you’re not allowed to take these stairs that lead to private apartments.

Casa Pedrera - The House That Looks Like a Quarry (Barcelona, Spain)

Casa Pedrera – The House That Looks Like a Quarry (Barcelona, Spain)

Again, look up and you’ll find yourself like you’re inside an open quarry.

Casa Pedrera - The House That Looks Like a Quarry (Barcelona, Spain)

Casa Pedrera – The House That Looks Like a Quarry (Barcelona, Spain)

Or like, you’re in a very deep well that runs out of water.

Casa Pedrera - The House That Looks Like a Quarry (Barcelona, Spain)

Casa Pedrera – The House That Looks Like a Quarry (Barcelona, Spain)

You’ll be taking a short lift ride to the top and these statues meet you with mixed emotions on their faces.

Casa Pedrera - The House That Looks Like a Quarry (Barcelona, Spain)

Casa Pedrera – The House That Looks Like a Quarry (Barcelona, Spain)

And do you know what these are? They’re not really sculptures!

Casa Pedrera - The House That Looks Like a Quarry (Barcelona, Spain)

Casa Pedrera – The House That Looks Like a Quarry (Barcelona, Spain)

They’re actually chimneys!

Casa Pedrera - The House That Looks Like a Quarry (Barcelona, Spain)

Casa Pedrera – The House That Looks Like a Quarry (Barcelona, Spain)

Perhaps, they’re built for Santa to go down on Christmas Eve? LOL… 😀

Casa Pedrera - The House That Looks Like a Quarry (Barcelona, Spain)

Casa Pedrera – The House That Looks Like a Quarry (Barcelona, Spain)

On the other hand, they also look like warriors, right?

Casa Mila / Pedrera - The House That Looks Like a Quarry (Barcelona, Spain)

Casa Mila / Pedrera – The House That Looks Like a Quarry (Barcelona, Spain)

After marvelling at these giants, enjoy the panoramic view of the city.

Casa Mila / Pedrera - The House That Looks Like a Quarry (Barcelona, Spain)

Casa Mila / Pedrera – The House That Looks Like a Quarry (Barcelona, Spain)

From here, you’ll see the city’s most revered place of worship, the Sagrada Familia.

Casa Mila / Pedrera - The House That Looks Like a Quarry (Barcelona, Spain)

Casa Mila / Pedrera – The House That Looks Like a Quarry (Barcelona, Spain)

On your way down, take the stairs that will lead you to the interior of the building.

Casa Mila / Pedrera - The House That Looks Like a Quarry (Barcelona, Spain)

Casa Mila / Pedrera – The House That Looks Like a Quarry (Barcelona, Spain)

You’ll find a mini-exhibition that tells the history of the building and designs that are uniquely Gaudi. There are old pieces of furniture that were inspired by nature – and they’ll blow you away!

Casa Mila / Pedrera - The House That Looks Like a Quarry (Barcelona, Spain)

Casa Mila / Pedrera – The House That Looks Like a Quarry (Barcelona, Spain)

Casa Pedrera / Casa Mila is a UNESCO World Heritage since 1984 for its universal value.

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