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Gaudí: El Capricho de Comillas - Cantabria - Spain. Photo by J. Corredoira


Basic information:
Location:   Bº Sobrellano, s/n.    Comillas (Cantabria - Spain)
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Present condition: Outside and Inside
Visits: The building is today a monument you can visit outside and partially inside paying a fee. It is also devoted to a events. 
Phone (34) 942 720 365

History and description:
Designed by Antoni Gaudí i Cornet and built between 1883 and 1885 under the direction of the architect Cascante Colom following the drawings of Gaudí.
The project of this house was commissioned by Máximo Díaz de Quijano to be his summer house, close to the Sobrellano palace, the palace of his brother in law - the first Marquis of Comillas -.
The house is a project of a young Gaudí, who had no completely adopted his definitive Modernist - Art Nouveau - style, but show here his fantasy combining a contemporary vision of architecture with the adoption of historical neomudéjar elements.
The design of the building is established around a long ground floor with up two floors, and down a basement for garage and services - at present a shop selling gaudinist articles. Over the four columns of the entrance it is a very special tower who breaks the unity of the rest of the building.
façade is made in brick adorned with ceramics rows. The forged iron is present in the balustrades specially around the tower.


House exterior

Gaudí: El Capricho Tower Gaudí: El Capricho Main gate Gaudí: El Capricho Façade with balcony Gaudí: El Capricho Lateral view Gaudí: El Capricho Window
Gaudí: El Capricho Lateral view Gaudí: El Capricho Façade detail
Interior *
Gaudí: El Capricho Small lounge


Gaudí: El Capricho Lounge with fireplace


Gaudí: El Capricho Window from interior


  Gaudí: El Capricho Fireplace


Gaudí: El Capricho Double bench


  Gaudí: El Capricho Coffered ceiling Gaudí: El Capricho Coffered ceiling


Gaudí: El Capricho from Sobrellano Palace Gaudí: El Capricho Greenhouse Gaudí: El Capricho Garden Gaudí: El Capricho Gaudí statue

Images with published under the authorization of the owner of El Capricho. Main photo by J. Corredoira

Other works of Gaudí:
In Barcelona: Bellesguard  Eduard Calvet House   Batlló House  Vicens House  Santa Teresa School  Sagrada Família Schools  La Pedrera  Güell Pavilions  Güell Palace  Park Güell  Sagrada Família  Miralles Property Fence 
In La Pobla de Lillet:  Catllaràs Villa  Artigas Gardens
In Mataró:  Workers Cooperative building (attributed)
In Montserrat:  Monumental Rosary path (1st mystery of Glory)
In Santa Coloma de Cervelló: 
Colònia Güell Crypt
In Garraf (Sitges):  Garraf Cellars
Out of Catalonia:  Botines House (León)  El Capricho (Comillas)  Episcopal Palace (Astorga)