La Casa de las Piedritas – Envigado, Colombia - Atlas Obscura

La Casa de las Piedritas

Envigado, Colombia

This exceptional home was a 32-year labor of love by a man determined to build his wife the most beautiful stone house in the world. 


Welcome to La Casa de las Piedritas, a beautiful home that was built stone by stone over the course of 32 years by a visionary man for the woman he loves. This is a story about hard work, persistence, and true love.

The original house is over 150 years old, nestled in the heart of Envigado, Colombia. When the owner, Santiago, was a kid, he dreamed of buying this home, which belonged to his aunt at the time. Eventually he did, and began making it into something special for his beloved wife Gloria. 

Every day for 32 years, he brought home rocks and stones from his work because he wanted to make her the most beautiful stone house in the world.  He decorated each room from wall to wall and ceiling to floor with intricate designs from rocks, pebbles, and rarities that he found during his travels. No detail was spared and no wall was forgotten.

Although Santiago passed away in 2022 from cancer, Gloria continues to live in the home, and she loves to show her home to visitors. She will welcome you with a tour and invite you to stay for conversation and coffee afterwards. 

Know Before You Go

This is not an official museum, but Gloria does welcome you to stop by. Please be respectful that this is her home and only arrive during daylight hours and also understand that she might not always be there. If you're privileged with a tour, tips are certainly welcome but not expected.

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May 31, 2018

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