Palau de la Musica Catalana, Barcelona

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    Palau de la Música Catalana

    by Belsaita Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    "Palau de la Música Catalana" was created as a place where the music could be enjoyed at its most. This concert hall was designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, it was built between 1905 and 1908.

    In 1997 it was declared a "World Heritage Site" by UNESCO (together with Hospital de Sant Pau, see my other tip and travelogue).

    Its interior is amazing, like a continuous sculpture, with the impressive zenithal stained glass window by Rigalt i Granell as central gem.

    The exterior is very interesting as well, both the original part as he new extension building. From 1999 to 2004 the catalan architect Òscar Tusquets was in charge of the extension works, conferring the Palau its definitive aesthetic and functional configuration.

    GUIDED VISITS:
    Daily from 10.00 to 15.30 (August and Easter Week: from 10.00 to 18.00)

    Catalan: 10.30 and 12.30
    Spanish: 11.30, 13.30, 14.30 and 15.30 (16.30, 17.30)
    English: 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00 and 15.00 (16.00, 17.00, 18.00)

    - Palau de la Música Ticket Office: c./Palau de la Música 4-6, from 10.00 to 15.30
    - Les Muses del Palau shop, c./St. Pere Més Alt, 1, from 10.00 to 18.00
    - Sale by phone: Tel. 902 475 485 (not for the same day tours)

    9 € Individual
    8 € Groups / Students / Senior citizens / Unemployed
    7 € Groups of senior citizens, students and unemployed of more than 25 people

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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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    World Heritage building

    by Dariana Updated Sep 12, 2004

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    The sun

    Was designed in 1908 by Lluis Domenech i Montaner as a seat and concert hall for the Orfeo Catala,a choral society founded in 1891. In 1997 ,was declared "World Heritage building" by UNESCO.
    The facade of red bricks contrast with the coloured ceramics that decorates the balcony`s columns.The walls are also decorated with sculptures representing four titans of music:Palestrina,Bach,Bethoven and Wagner.
    And the concert hall?!!!
    You feel like into a garden because of its rich decoration in ceramics representing real or imaginary flowers.This impression is intensified by the wide, multi-coloured glass windows and the huge , central skylight. Looking up it is like a bright sun.

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    Palau de la Musica Catalunya

    by JanPeter74 Written Sep 30, 2004

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    Palau de la Musica Catalunya

    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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    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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    Incredible sounds

    by Dariana Updated Sep 12, 2004

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    stage decoration

    Everything is in complete harmony.The asimetric chandeliers,the decorated ceiling, the stage with its impressive organ and its muses- little masterpieces of sculpture and mosaic of an angelic delicacy. First, we visit Palau de la Musica like simple tourists but our guide and the beauty of this place made us to buy a ticket to a concert.
    I like very much classical music so I couldn`t resist.
    Astonishing sounds .
    Don`t miss it.

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    Palau de la Musica Catalana

    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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    Palau of Music of Catulunya-exterior

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 4, 2011

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    The Palace of Music was a design by LLuis Monanter who directed the construction of the modernism style in 1905-08. It has flowing and curved lines and sculptures abound all around. The elaborate frosting of the facade is outstanding, and in my opinion, one of the best looking structures in the city

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    Palau of Music-Interior

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 4, 2011

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    The inside is as elaborate, if not more than the outside. It was built in 1905-08, and totally renovated to original state in 1982-89. Concerts are still very popular for the upscale in the city, and some tourists. They have at least a couple of concerts monthly, and try to bring in famous local, as well and nationally known names
    Entry to see concert hall costs 7 Euro, and is open 10-5 daily.

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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 Catalana

    by tweetycaro Written Mar 12, 2004

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    palau de musica

    The Palau de la Música Catalana is one of the world's leading concert halls.
    Considered to be one of Modernism's chief exponents, it was built by architectLluís Domènech i Montaner between 1905 and 1908.
    In 1997 it was declared a "World Heritage Site" by UNESCO.
    This is WONDERFUL, a must to when you are visiting Barcelona, you must book for the guided visit. Only one thing negative, you are not allowed to take pictures when you're in.

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    Palau de la Musica Catalunya

    by bpwillet Written Feb 6, 2004

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    Front facade, Palau de la Musica Catalunya

    This is a concert hall which was built in the early 20th century, about 1905, by Lluis Domenech i Montaner. It was designed to be a temple for the Catalan Renaissance. So much of the building is a work of art it is definitely a must see of modernist style architecture.You can go on a tour to see the interior, with its spectacular central skylight, starting from 10am.

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    Tiled columns

    by bpwillet Written Feb 6, 2004

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    Tiled pillars of the Palau de la Musica Catalunya

    The art around this impressive structure is not easy to miss. It is almost like there is too much eye candy to look at. There are mosaics, sculptures representing figures of popular Catalan music, and tiled pillars.

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    Stunning mosaics and acoustics

    by vivalasteph Written Oct 9, 2003

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    Ticket Window

    The tour of this beautiful Modernisme treasure should be required of all visitors. This is probably the loveliest building in the city. The tour includes much information about the history of the building, and the history of the Catalan music scene for the past hundred years. Come back to hear a concert, it is one of the best smaller venues in Europe.

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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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