Gaudí's famous Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera, will hide its façades for the whole year of 2014.
The Casa Milà has been built during the years 1906 and 1912 and is located in the district Eixample in Barcelona, close to the city centre. For thirty years now, it belongs to the world cultural heritage of the UNESCO. This is how it looks like:
The Casa Milà is made of two different types of stone: the Garraf lime stone and the Vilafranca one. As these materials degenerate, La Pedrera needs to be restored every ten to twelve years. The last restoration happened in the years 2001 and 2003, which means that an anew one was necessary in 2014. It started on the 8th of January and will last throughout the whole year, producing costs around 750,000 Euros. The façades of La Pedrera will be hidden behind scaffolds and awnings, whereupon some of the awnings will be publicity ones suspended on the sight's front, aiming to partly finance the restoration. The restoration itself enfolds the cleaning of the stones as well as the reparation of the fractures and of the carcasses of the balconies. Indeed, it will no longer be possible for tourists to take pictures of the beautiful front of Casa Milà. But nevertheless, the restoration will not have any impact on touristic visitations, the Casa Milà can be visited as usual. And even if the outside of the building can't be seen anymore, the patio inside as well as the rooftop are very worth visiting La Pedrera. Take a look at the beautiful patio and the rooftop of Casa Milà.
Hopefully, you will still want to visit La Pedrera, we definitely recommend it to you! And if you are still looking for a comfortable accommodation, we offer a lot of nice apartments in Barcelona which you can find here!
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