Casa Terracota, Villa de Leyva

See a building displaying a rather odd but charming architectural style at Casa Terracota. Designed by Colombian architect Octavio Mendoza, the house was sculpted out of clay, then fired at a high temperature to make it water and earthquake resistant. Completed in 2012, the building displays a distinctly Gaudi-influenced style, with undulating features, organic shapes, and mosaics. Take a tour of the building and snap photos of the eccentric design and handcrafted interior decor created to match the style of the exterior. To visit Casa Terracota on your trip to Villa de Leyva, use our Villa de Leyva trip planner .
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  • I've never seen anything like this in the world, very unusual and uncommon house! Make time to visit, take a good camera and best on a sunny day.  more »
  • Worth visiting when you are in Villa de Leyva. Best combined with a nice half day hike which will bring you to some other sights.  more »
  • This is an excellent experience, visit this curious House makes us fill the imagination of what human beings can do. Its halls colours and materials they are unique
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  • Is worth seeing it. We paid 10'000 COP and spend 2 hrs in this house. The house is really made with love and a lot of details
  • It's a really interesting place to visit. A unique house.
  • Interesting construction technique by an architect.
  • The ticket price is 10k COP (4 USD), but the house is beautiful
  • An amaizing architectural piece, mixing the Boyacá artisanal clay work and the influence of Gaudí

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A popular destination for international tourists and weekend visitors from Bogota, Villa de Leyva offers a good number of accommodations to suit its varied list of visitors. The town's largely unchanged colonial core features characterful period lodgings set in old manor homes and villas, possessing an atmosphere entirely in keeping with the cobblestone streets and peaceful plazas. Simpler posadas (guesthouses) dot Villa de Leyva's side streets, offering comfortable rooms in relaxed lodgings.
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