Palau de la Musica Catalana, Barcelona

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    Beauty in the oddest of places

    by mikey_e Written Sep 18, 2008

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    I've always thought that the Palau de la Musica Catalana was in the oddest of locations. It's not that the building is in a new area, or that the surrounding structures are all industrial or something, but it just seems that this building is oddly cut off from the rest of the modernist tourist attractions. Perhaps that's what the architects (Domenech i Muntaner) intended when the Palau was built around the turn of the last century. It is, in effect, not intended to be a tourist attraction - even today, when it is used as a conservatory and concert hall. This is apparent if you come towards the building from Via Laietana via the street just north of Sant Pere més alt, as you see the modern extension and the various students lounging about on the not-so-modernist steps on the protected side of the building. Still, the Palau is a spectacular piece of art, nestled among the typically bland buildings of Sant Pere. The building was supposed to be a beacon of nationalist esthetic ideology, which was likely controversial in 1908, when it was finished, but is hardly shocking or surprising nowadays when everything from pornography to candy wrappers fall under the purview of the Generalitat's linguistic policy. Nevertheless, it's probably best to stick to enjoying the artistic beauty of the building's façade - although you will have a bit a challenge to photograph it properly, thanks to the narrow streets and lack of natural light.

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    Modernista

    by PierreZA Updated Sep 13, 2008

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    A fantastic example of Modernista architecture. The building is extremely ornamented and decorated, I’m sure not everybody would like this. But, do go and have a look.
    This concert hall was designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner and was built between 1905 and 1908.

    It was unfortunate that I did not get the chance to take a guided tour or to attend a concert here - but will whenever I ger to Barcelona again.

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    A living cultural treasure

    by Toshioohsako Updated Jun 26, 2008

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    Palau de la Musica Catalana was buit in 1902. 300 hundred concerts are held here every year. Its a wonderful architect and an UNESCO's cultural heritage site. It is an exemplary young cultural site (100 years) which bears the witness to the fact that cultural heritage sites do not have to be necessarily old places. The concert hall makes performers excited, happy and cry due to its impressively beautiful and colorful interior design. As one dancer put it, "First I thought my performance might be disturbed because of its most exquisite interior design, but, on the contrary, I felt that I was dancing in a music box naturally and freely". Sorry for not showing the pictures of the invaluable interior design because taking pictures was strictly forbidden.

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    You must go there!

    by venteca Written Feb 13, 2008
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    Simply one of the most beatiful places to visit in Barcelona. It´s really beautifull inside and the explanation from the staff regarding its history is very nice. It´s on our top 3 places to get visited in Barcelona.

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    Palau de la Musica Catalana.

    by Maurizioago Updated Feb 6, 2008

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    This concert hall was built in Modernist syle by Domenech i Montaner between 1905 and 1908.

    Its facade is made with red bricks and decorated with columns, mosaics and sculptures. It is located in a narrow street, so it is not possible to take a picture of the whole building.

    You can visit it inside by a guided tour only.

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    Palau de la musica

    by sylina Updated Apr 10, 2007

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    We book the English tour there... But the video was in Spanish.. we have no idea what's guy talking about.. hehe.. but the interior was breathtaking. Gorgeous mosaic relievo on ceiling and stage. Unfortunately it was prohibited to take picture as soon you as you enter the reception. I print it in my mind.. wish I could show you in someway. :)

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    by sue_stone Updated Feb 27, 2007

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    The Palau de la Musica Catalana (Palace of Catalan Music) is a concert hall which was built between 1905 and 1908. It was designed by architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner in the Catalan modernisme style.

    It is situated on a narrow street in the La Ribera district - its position makes photographing the façade a little difficult - and what a façade it is - especially compared to the other sedate buildings nearby! It is covered with sculptures, columns and mosaics - a mixture of bright colours and crazy design. I particularly liked the small ticket booths in the wall.

    Inside is just as impressive, with the modernista theme continued throughout. In the concert hall there is a spectacular stained-glass inverted dome ceiling. In 1997, the Palau de la Musica Catalana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    If you are not going to attend a concert you can still have a look inside by taking a guided tour, details as follows. Please bear in mind that photography is not permitted inside the palace.

    Guided tours
    Monday to Sunday: from 10am to 3.30pm. Visits every half hour, visit lasts 50 minutes.
    Languages: Catalan, Spanish and English

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    Catalonian Choral Society - Orfeón Catalán

    by spanishguy Updated Jul 19, 2006

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    The Catalonian Music Palace is a very beautiful building designed by Domènech i Montaner in 1905. It has a very profuse decoration both inside and outside. This is one of the most spectacular modernist buildings in town. There is a mosaic depicting the popular Catalonian music and a small dome covered by tiles. Unfortunatly it's not allow to take pictures inside the building but I stongly recommend you to visit it. There are guided tours where the hostess show you the concert hall and she turns the organ on in order to check its excellent accoustics. The stage background has the organ and mosaics depicting women playing traditional instruments. Their body upper part come up from the mosaics in sculptures. The ceiling is very beautiful too with ceramic roses and an inverted dome in glass. The building is home of the Catalonian Choral Society and it hosts vocal concerts or with just a few music instruments. It's protected by UNESCO.

    El Palacio de la Música Catalana es un edificio muy bonito diseñado por Domènech i Montaneren 1905. Tiene una profusa decoración tanto dentro como fuera. Es uno de los edificios modernistas más espectaculares de la ciudad. Hay un mosaico representanco la música popular catalana y una pequeña cúpula cuvierta de azulejos. Desgraciadamente no se pueden tomar fotos en su interior, pero recomiendo fuertemente visitar este monumento. Hay visitas guiadas donde la azafata muestra la sala de conciertos y pone en marcha el órgano para comprobar la excelente acústica. El fondo del escenario tiene el órgano y mosaicos representando mujeres tocando instrumentos musicales. La parte superior de su cuerpo sale del mosaico en esculturas.El techo es muy bonito también, con rosas de cerámica y una cúpula de cristal invertida. El edificio es la sede del Orfeón Catalán y acoje conciertos vocales o con pocos instrumentos musicales. Está protegido por la UNESCO.

    Visiting hours / Horario de visita

    Every day / Todos los días: 10:00 - 15:30

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    PALAU DE LA MUSICA CATALUNYA

    by hevbell Updated Jun 23, 2006

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    I was just wandering around on my last day in the city, killing some time before I had to leave for my flight, when I came across this building - the Palau del Musica Catalana. Its an amazing building and was declared a World Heritage Site in the 1990s. I didn't have time to look inside [there are guided tours if you can't make it to an actual concert] and see the concert hall, but if the outside is anything to go by it must be amazing!

    The columns outside are covered in mosaic and among other things, there are busts of numerous composers such as Wagner and Beethoven.

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    The musical jewel

    by morganna Written Apr 10, 2006

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    This is an awesome building not very crowded, but always worthy. They organize some organized tours, but it is not a really touristical place (I hope never be), because it is still working as a concert place. If you have the chance to buy a ticket to any concert there, do not miss it.

    This a modernist building, the same style as the famous Gaudi, but the architect is Domenech i Muntaner. Outside, you can see the colonnes, mosaics and some good sculptures, but if you go inside, in the concert hall, the thing is superb: stained glasses, sculptures, mosaics, etc.

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    by Kerry_Taylor100 Updated Apr 25, 2005

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    This probably wouldn't have been my first choice of places to visit, but luckily I paid attention to my guidebook which described it as "a mind-blowing blast of Modernisme". For once it's a building not designed or created by Gaudi. The Architect was Lluis Domenech i Montaner and it was built between 1905-1908. The decoration is lavish: every surface is covered in stained glass, mosaics, sculpture and reliefs. One of my favourite features were the banisters made of amber coloured glass.

    Entrance to the Palau is limited and by guided tour only. Make sure you book it early, so that you can do something else until the time of your tour.

    The building has been renovated and extended, with an equally fascinating modern brick building. Carved into the side of which is the form of a tree.

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    by maartenw Updated Mar 3, 2005

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    Corner of Palau de la Musica Catalunya.

    Not by Gaudi this time, but designed in the same era, 1908, by Domenig i Montaner. It has an amazing wealth of decorations and ornaments, everywhere you look, both inside and outside. Highlight is probably the stained glass 'bulb' ceiling in the main concert hall. There are 50 minute tours several times a day (alternating in Spanish and English), but even better is attending a concert.

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    WOW!!!

    by IIGUANA Written Jan 31, 2005

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    Details at the Palau de la Musica Catalunya

    This is Barcelona's orchestra building, where all the shows are, well, shown. But that is not what made my jaw open wide. Seeing the building -an old structure surrounded by a contemporary glass cube- is what makes it so beautiful. The old building has some amazing columns, with mosaic art everywhere, displaying a variety of colors and a view that can only make you think: "wow, these guys are know what they're doing. And damn, they're doing it perfectly".

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    PALAU DE LA MUSICA

    by Maria_75 Written Oct 1, 2004

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    This wonderful place was built between 1905 and 1908 by the catalan architect Domènech i Montaner, and is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built for the Orfeó Català (Catalan Choral Society), as an alternative to the more aristocratic Liceu opera house. You can still find choral singing on it's programme, but also a remarkably diverse range of events. The main concerthall seats more than 2000 people.

    This place is in a small sidestreet to the very busy Via Laeitana, and its like a completely different world. Especially inside where there are flowers, plants and bees, even incorporated into the ceiling and the walls. Both as mosaic, stained glass and reliefs.

    If you can't come to one of the concerts here, you can take a guided tour. They often start with a audiovisual show that gives you a good idea of how great it must be to attend a concert here.

    In the ceiling are plenty of roses, that comes from the legend of Catalonias patron; St. George. The legend says that a rose sprang from the place where the dragon's blood fell after he slew the dragoon.

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    by JanPeter74 Written Sep 30, 2004

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    The Palau de la Musica Catalunya is a very beautiful concert hall built by the architect Montaner, which was completely financed by the people of the quarter it was built in. It opened in 1908. To understand what an accomplishmet this was, you must know that in that time, this quarter was one of the poorer areas of the city.

    It is hard to not be amazed by the grandeur of this building. The foyer is really spectacular and the stained glass roof of the concert hall is really awesome. The building can only be visited by means of a guided tour. When we were there, the first available tour was 2,5 hours later, so it might be wise to buy tickets in advance.

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