Travels in Spain, El Capricho in Comillas

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Discovering the works of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona reminded me of a visit to the town of Comillas in Cantabria in 2013 where there is a rare example of the work of  the architect outside of Catalonia, a mansion called El Capricho complete with a signature tile clad tower, playful ceramic sunflowers and whimsical images of animals playing instruments.

It was built in 1883 for a nobleman who wanted an exotic villa in an oriental style and the really significant fact is that this was Gaudi’s very first commission.  There was a €7 admission charge which was a bit of a shock but having walked all the way through the town to find the place we went through with the transaction and made the visit to the house and the gardens and we were glad that we did.  Kim may have got tired of towers, castles and cathedrals but she remains comfortable with palaces and Gaudi it seems.

001002003.jpgAntoni Gaudi and me

19 responses to “Travels in Spain, El Capricho in Comillas

  1. I didn’t know about this place.Thanks!

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    • Comillas is a declared historic/artistic site that in the nineteenth century was once popular with the Spanish nobility who built many fine buildings and mansions here. It remains a popular seaside resort but is a bit past its best. Worth a visit if you are ever nearby.

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  2. famous by the Marques de Comillas, rare Gaudi outside Catalunia.

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  3. That is amazing. Will definitely put it on my bucket list.

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  4. It looks like something out of a fairy tale! Is the interior as fantastic as the exterior?

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  5. This is Gaudi one-up-manship of the highest order, Andrew. 🙂 🙂

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  6. Lovely Post and Photos, your blog is such a dreamy one, the palaces, the towers and castles and the history and stories they tell, all is lovely 🙂

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  7. Brilliant Andrew. It comes from one of Grimm’s Fairy Tales I would imagine.

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