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world's coolest staircases: Casa Batllo

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Casa Batlló Staircase, Barcelona

Antoni Gaudí is the architect behind Barcelona’s famously trippy landmarks including Park Güell and the Sagrada Família. Casa Batlló is his contribution to the Block of Discord, a collection of buildings designed by celebrated architects in clashing styles. Built for the Batlló family between 1904 and 1906, this beautiful Modernist home is also known as the House of Bones for Gaudí’s skeletal detailing of the grand staircase. The carved wood banister of this staircase evokes an animal’s spine and winds up through the other floors of the building, which has been open to the public since 2002. —Lyndsey Matthews

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