Visit La Pedrera (Casa Mila) Interior and Roof - Tour of Casa Mila

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La Pedrera is the name given to Casa Mila, which was built by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi, and is one building you really can't miss when you visit Paseo de Gracia street. This impressive work of Barcelona architecture, which is indeed Casa Mila because it was once the home of Pere Mila and his wife, Roser Segimon. There are a variety of reasons why this building is one of the most famous Barcelona attractions and a site that you should see. In 1984, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

La Pedrera by Day

La Pedrera by Day
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Visit La Pedrera - By Day or By Night?

Today, Casa Mila is home to a cultural center, and it is used for a variety of events and exhibits. The main floor has temporary exhibition space. It is owned by "Caixa de Catalunya" which is a financial entity that welcomes visitors to explore certain places in the interior. It is important to note that you can't tour the entire building, as there are some private apartments.

The Casa Mila visit that can be done during the daytime allows you to go see the roof, attics, an apartment that has an accurate recreation of what life was like at the time, and an exhibition room. On this page, you can buy the Casa Mila skip the line tickets online.

Casa Mila also hosts the "Secret Pedrera," which is an exciting La Pedrera night tour. This is described as a 'sensory route.' You can expect an intimate experience, as fewer visitors are permitted. Some special events take places, such as musical concerts and dinners.

During the summer months, live jazz is performed on the roof. But if you don't go to a concert, you can buy the ticket for La Pedrera night tour. Besides the interior visit, you will experience a rooftop show with colorful projections on the chimneys, and you can also enjoy a fantastic view of Barcelona city and Paseo de Gracia.

You can buy a Casa Mila ticket for both daytime visits to La Pedrera as well as for the "Secret Pedrera." We advise making reservations as these experiences can get extremely crowded. In particular, the "Secret Pedrera" events in the summer can get booked up quickly.

We also offer a walking tour which focuses on great works of Modernism in the Eixample district. Of course, Casa Mila is one of the most memorable Barcelona attractions on this tour!

La Pedrera - The courtyards at night

The courtyards at night

What Does The Term “La Pedrera” Mean?

Initially, that singular name was given by citizens who disapproved the building design, and the term is translated to mean "the quarry." It was given that name due to its stone facade, which many people found offensive and overwhelmingly bold.

At the time of the building's construction, many people who lived in Paseo de Gracia wouldn't speak to Pere Mila. They were worried that this work of Barcelona architecture would lower their property values because it was so strange.

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La Pedrera - Details of the balconies in the façade

Details of the balconies in the façade

Brief History of Casa Mila

Pere Mila was very impressed by the Casa Batllo house and wanted something on his land where tenants could live. At the time, this neighborhood was full of wealthy bourgeois. As Mila was a very flamboyant person, he wanted something that really stood out from the crowd.

When Antoni Gaudi created Casa Mila between 1906-1912, he wanted to top everything else in the L'Eixample district. It was the final building he worked on in Paseo de Gracia.

Aside from its decorations made from wrought iron, other exciting features include underground car parking. This was a major first for the time, as most people had never considered the idea of parking underground.

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La Pedrera - The Espai Gaudi in the attic, made by 270 catenary arches mimicking a whale skeleton

The Espai Gaudi in the attic, made of 270 catenary arches mimicking a whale skeleton

Gaudi's Vision

When Antoni Gaudi designed Casa Mila, his initial concept was for it to be a spiritual symbol and a constant curve, both inside and out of the building.

However, part of the original project was abandoned due to a variety of interferences. Gaudi wanted to put a Virgin Mary statue on the roof, but the Mila family said no to that idea.

Additionally, the government objected to some structural parts of the project. While Gaudi's original idea was modified, the building remains incredibly innovative.

La Pedrera - The main entrance of Casa Mila at Paseo de Gracia

The main entrance of Casa Mila at Paseo de Gracia

Casa Mila and Antoni Gaudi

Antoni Gaudi, of course, is Barcelona's most renowned architect. Anyone visiting the city will be instantly struck by his wildly creative Barcelona architecture. His other most famous works include Casa Vicens, La Sagrada Família. Parc Güell, and Casa Batlló. All of the above are popular attractions that lovers of architecture will not want to miss.

The building has a highly unconventional appearance, and its facade is often described as "undulating," as no straight lines were used in its construction. Further, it was built without load bearing walls, and the floor plans are quite irregular. Casa Mila is actually made up of two buildings built around two different courtyards.

The courtyards serve to bring in light to the building. Even in the visually stimulating Paseo de Gracia, this innovative work stands out quite substantially!