The city of Barcelona is one of the most beautiful, vibrant, and energetic places in not only Europe, but in the world. From its food to its culture, every single aspect of this city oozes beauty and charm. One particular facet of Barcelona that is especially captivating is its architectural allure. Barcelona is a hotspot for architecturally-significant marvels including the world famous La Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló, Park Güell, and La Pedrera/Casa Milà, to name a few. None of these, however, are as emblematic and iconic as the Casa de les Punxes.
The Casa de les Punxes or Casa Terradas is one of Barcelona’s most popular and historically significant monuments. It was built in 1905 and designed by architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch under the commission of Bartomeu Terradas Brutau. It was built as a house for Bartomeu’s three sisters - Angela, Josefa and Rosa, upon their father’s demise. Today, it stands as a proud example of Catalan Modernisme.
Best Time to Visit
Casa de Les Punxes Opening Hours
9 AM to 8 PM, daily. The last access will be at 7 PM.
Casa de Les Punxes Tickets
Your tour begins outside the attraction itself. You have the option of choosing an audioguide tour or a guided tour with a drink of Cava. Each has its own merits and you can choose either depending upon your preference. The audioguided tour gives you the liberty of exploring the monument at your own pace, while the guided tour is a much more intimate experience as you will be led through the aisles of Casa de les Punxes by a professional guide. Both, however, give you skip the line access.
Once inside, you can explore the intricacies of the house, learn about its illuminating history and spend your time marvelling at the decorated interiors and the incredible stained glass paintings. On this tour, you also get access to the roof terrace where you can enjoy unparalleled views of the Catalan capital.
- Enjoy skip the line access into the monument and zoom past all the long lines.
- Experience the splendour of Casa de les Punxes and uncover its amazing secrets.
- Choose between an audioguided tour, or a guided tour with an expert and a lovely glass of Cava.
- Relish the outstanding views of Barcelona from the roof terrace and take in its beauty.
This magnificent structure was declared a historical monument of National Interest in 1976 and for good reason. Every single detail of the exterior — the brickwork on the facade, the wrought-iron balconies, the neo-Gothic style structure, the intelligent and intricate use of ceramic panels, and even the stained-glass windows — comes together to create a truly outstanding work of art, and the monument serves as an example of the Modernisme ethos prevalent at the time.
Apart from being visually appealing, the Casa de les Punxes stands as an important representation of an era in Catalan history that was characterised by the economic progress of the bourgeoisie, strong traditional customs, and onset of modern industrialization.
After a long period of restoration work, the Casa de las Punxes opened its doors to the public in 2017 and has been stunning visitors ever since. The beauty of the building, coupled with the spectacular panoramic views of the city from the rooftop, make for an excellent way to experience the art that is Barcelona.
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Casa de les Punxes Architecture
The Casa de les Punxes was built initially as a house for Bartomeu Terradas Brutau’s three sisters. The Terradas sisters owned three buildings in the space where the Casa Terradas now stands. The architect, Josep Puig i Cadafalch, was commissioned to link the three buildings and create one structure behind a vast brick façade. The result is what we see today - a huge, medieval castle like structure with six turrets, each mounted by conical spikes. It is this distinguishing feature, which gives the house its name - Casa de les Punxes or ‘House of Spikes’.
This monument, however, was not just the work of one architect. Several well-known artisans and sculptors were hired to construct and beautify the building, including Enrique Monserdà, who designed the decorative pieces of artificial stone, the ceramic panels, and the design of the windows; and Ramon Eudald Amigó, who worked on the magnificent stained-glass windows.
Interestingly enough, the interiors were designed in such a way as to reflect the characters of the three different sisters. For example, there is a plastic panel in the facade portraying an angel, symbolic of Angela Terrada and in another panel you can find the image of a vase full of roses, symbolic of Rosa. There is also a ceramic tile which pays homage to St. George and shows the Saint slaying a dragon. Like this, there are many such minute details and elements that go on to create a truly unique and awe-inspiring structure.
- To make the most out of your visit to the Casa de les Punxes, it is recommended to take the guided tour, as a professional guide will explain the history as well as point out all the nuances of the structure which you may otherwise miss.
- Plan to visit early in the morning, before it gets too crowded. This is one of Barcelona’s most famous monuments, so if you go towards the afternoon/evening, you will surely be bumping shoulders with a lot of people.
- Be sure to carry your camera along as you will have a ton of photo opportunities!
- Give yourself ample time to move around and explore the monument. You do not want to be pressed for time while visiting, so ensure you have a good couple of hours to fully enjoy your experience.
Things to Do Nearby
Located a kilometer away from Casa Batlló is Gaudi's other masterpiece, Casa Vicens. Visitors can tour the inside of the house, which has been restored to its original condition, and learn about the life of Gaudí. The roof terrace offers stunning views of the city, and the building is at par in excellence and uniqueness with Casa Batlló.
Not too far away from Casa Vicens is Casa Mila, also known as La Pedrera, another famous building designed by Antoni Gaudi. It is located in the Eixample district of Barcelona, Spain. Construction of Casa Mila began in 1906 and was completed in 1910. The building is made of stone, brick, iron, and glass, and is one of the most notable examples of Catalan modernism. Casa Mila has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sagrada Familia is a masterpiece of architecture designed by Antoni Gaudí. It is one of the most unique and recognizable buildings in the world. The church is still under construction and is not expected to be completed until 2026. Sagrada Familia is a must-see for anyone visiting Barcelona.
Plaça de Catalunya is Barcelona's most central square - it is where the old city meets the modern city. This is a bustling, vibrant area that is always bustling with activity. From tourists exploring the shops and restaurants to locals going about their daily lives, there is always something happening here. There is also a large fountain in the center of the square which is popular with both locals and visitors alike.