Did you know … that the inner courtyard of Casa Batlló is decorated with more than 15,000 glazed tiles? And did you know … that Mr Batlló bought the building at 43 Passeig de Grŕcia for just 500,000 pesetas, the equivalent of 3,000 euros in today’s money? And did you also know … that there are more than 60 arches in the loft area? If you would like to really get to grips with the most extravagant and amusing curiosities in Casa Batlló, make sure you do not miss this section. Learn about history and culture as you take a look around!
Did you know that 330 ceramic discs, in a myriad of different colours, give the main facade its colour and shine?
Did you know that 600 tiles, used to create the appearance of scales, cover the roof of Casa Batlló?
Did you know that the original building, before it was remodelled by Gaudí, happened to have been built by one of Gaudí's former professors, Emili Salas Cortés?
Did you know that Gaudí designed the roof of Casa Batlló in one great slope with rounded ends so that visual continuity with the neighbouring buildings would not be compromised?
Did you know that the railings of the balconies in Casa Batlló are composed of a single piece of wrought iron?
Did you know that there are five different tones of blue tiles used in the building well, inspired by the different shades of the sea?
Did you know that the ground floor of Casa Batlló was once home to prominent shops such as Lumičre, which specialised in photography, the film production company Pathé Frčres, and later on the Syra gallery?
Did you know that the windows in Casa Batlló play a double role, the upper part being for illumination and the lower part for ventilation?
Did you know that the catenary arches in the loft are built of solid Catalan brick?
Did you know that there are more than 60 arches in the loft?
Did you know that Gaudí directed the builders personally from the street, instructing them exactly where to place the glass fragments on the facade?
Did you know that Casa Batlló is known locally as the "House of the Yawns", on account of the shape of the gallery, and also as the "House of the Bones" thanks to its columns which look like human tibias, and that it's even been compared to the house in Hansel and Gretel, the fairytale by the Brothers Grimm?
Did you know that the cross which crowns the roof is made of glazed stone from Majorca?
Did you know that the balconies of the rear facade have flowers and geometric shapes made of broken ceramics?