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If you're a museum buff save money on entrance fees by buying the Articket at participating museum ticket offices, tourist information centers, or on-line at www.telentradas.com. It includes seven museums: Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Fundació Caixa Catalunya, Fundació Joan Miró, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Museu Picasso.
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The Casa Milá is a fine example of Modernism, which is Cataluña's version of Art Nouveau. Organic and flowing with images of nature at every turn, this is one of Gaudí's many masterpieces. The sea comes to mind with the curving balconies perhaps lined with wrought iron kelp. The octagonal tiles inside forming starfish and other sea shapes are also used along Passeig de Gracia's sidewalk, the street on which the Casa Milá sits. The building is held up by pillars and not by supporting walls creating a greater flexibility in design especially in the façade's windows. The rooftop could be the icing on the cake with its chimneys shaped like medieval warriors with helmets on. Everything practical is turned into art. While the Casa Milá was one of Gaudí's last secular buildings, there are still inscriptions of Ave María in Latin demonstrating the architect's strong religious self.