Palau de la Musica Catalana, Barcelona

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    Palau de la Música Catalana

    by Martin_S. Written Dec 15, 2011

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    A tour costs 15 Euro for an adult, but you have a discount with the Barcelona Card and we paid only 10.80 each.
    I decided to add here a few photocopies of postcards of the interior (where you are not allowed to photograph) to show the luxury and kalediascope of colors that await you.
    The first postcard shows those columns that I mentioned before, did I say they were "colorful", now you see that was an understatement.
    The second photo shows the facade, but from an angle that I could not photograph.
    The last photo shows proof of the discount we got with the Barcelona Card, we found it to be an excellent deal which saved us lots of Euros.

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    Palau de la Música Catalana-You MUST see it

    by adema29 Updated Feb 20, 2010

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    Speaking about the architecture in Barcelona we cannot neglect the Palau de la Música Catalana. It is a hidden treasure. We were spending good time trying to find it in a rainy day of December 2009.
    We had the surprise that all the tickets were booked so we have spent another hour walking with the rain just to see it. And we haven’t regretted it at all.
    Even my 5 years old son was impressed and he stand still during the visit, starring at the walls and windows and statues and carvings and terracotta works and stained glass and… it is beautiful.
    I was very sad to hear that it is not allowed to make photos there but, shame on me, I couldn’t stop taking few.
    Anyway the internet is full of the other’s pictures and… we need those photos to remind us that we were in such a nice place and to promote the place.
    It was built, from donations, after the plans of Domenech I Montaner. The construction was finished in 3 years, between 1905 and 1908.
    It was re-modeled between 1982 and 1989 and now is having a very modern glass shield (curtain wall) protecting the old beauty inside.
    The building is still alive and a lot of cultural events were sheltered here, even if the specialists said that the acoustic is not the best.
    All the other information you may look for is on the official site http://www.palaumusica.org/

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    Palau de la Musica

    by kazander Updated Mar 12, 2004

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    A wonderful example of Modernismo, this Music hall was built between 1905-1908 by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
    The guided tour of this amazing building doesn't take you to see much besides the big concert hall. The beautiful stained glass ceiling in there is worth seeing but there are a ton of stairs to climb so be prepared! Unfortunately no pictures are allowed inside.

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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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    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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  • Grand Old Music House

    by Jetgirly Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Front Facade

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Palau de la Musica Catalana is located in the heart of Barcelona, minutes away from Placa Catalunya. While concerts still play in the Palau, I would suggest going for a guided tour. Tours begin with a video presentation and then make their way through the Palau, giving you the opportunity to see the amazing architecture, design and decoration up close and personal. Tours run in the morning and early afternoon, and tickets can be bought up to seven days in advance at the Palau box office (in the lobby). Tours run in English, Catalan and Spanish with staggering start times.

    In the lobby there is a great cafe that serves coffee and EXCELLENT chocolate-filled croissants (pop by for breakfast). Photographs cannot be taken inside the building and it is sandwiched quite close between its surrounding buildings, so don't expect great photo opportunities.

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    by in4ik Updated Aug 6, 2003

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    Front of Palau

    This is one of the finest contributions to Barcelona's architecture by the Catalan art nouveau architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner. The Palau de la Musica Catalana is an exuberant steel-framed structure full of light and space, and decorated by many of the leading designers of the day.

    Two days before X-mas we got tickets to Palau de la Musica Catalana. We loved the music, but surely the building is worth a visit inside! In the night with all the lights, it seems like a palace. Palace of Music

    No free spots were noticed. Very nice peoply, dressed so well.

    To leave a coat, you must pay.

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    Palau de la Música Catalana

    by MM212 Updated Sep 24, 2008

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    An elegant concert hall, the Palau de Música Catalana was built in 1908 in a Modernisme interpretation of Art Nouveau style. The design is attributed to Lluís Domènech i Montaner, one of the most renowned Catalan architects of the time. The interior of the Palau is stunning and highly original. Tributes to top composers are made in its architectural design.

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    by iandsmith Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Looking up into the stained glass domed ceiling

    Here is the unsung jewel in Barcelona's crown. If you want to see it, be early and book. It is popular and spots on the guided tour are limited. This is not a huge building but every nook and cranny is crammed with interest. Standing outside sets it up with Montaner's amazing columns and inside its variations constantly vie for your attention. The figures embedded below the stage, The Valkyres leaping from the walls, the gorgeous stained glass. The best building I saw in all Spain.
    The picture is one of several quality postcards you can buy.

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    by Martin_S. Written Dec 15, 2011

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    Admittedly for me this was one of the big surprises in Barcelona and a GOOD surprise at that.
    We arrived expecting to see Gaudi, Gaudi and more Gaudi, but found Lluís Domènech i Montaner also. No, don't ask me how to pronounce, my Catalan accent is attrocious. But he made a beautiful place to make music and I recommend taking the one hour tour or even better, getting a ticket to a concert there. Or even better, first take the tour so you learn about the construction and history, THEN get a ticket for a concert. A pity you are not allowed to photograph the interior, so I have only a few photos of the exterior which does not do justice to what you find on the inside.
    The first photo shows you one thing, it is NOT on a main street, rather it is "hidden" down a side street and if you do not know where to look, you may just walk right by and miss it.
    The second photo shows the front second floor area that has a number of colorful columns that are as gaudy as Gaudi.
    The third photo shows what was once the ticket offices, those little oval holes in the columns.
    The fourth photo shows the intricate decorations of the front corner of the building, wildly extravagant.
    The last photo shows one of the side windows, even there "out of the limelight" on the side of the building in what is almost an alley, each floor, each column and its windows are individual and flowing with color.

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    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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    Beautiful Piece of Modernist Architecture

    by sangria07 Updated Sep 28, 2009

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    Designed by Lluis Domenech i Montaner, a contemporary of Gaudi, The Palau de la Musica is another gem of Modernist architecture in Barcelona. It is privately owned and there are only guided tours (conducted in Catalan, Spanish or English) for this place. It is a very interactive tour and our guide was very sensitive is ensuring we understood what he was explaining. Even if you are in the English tour group, he is more than willing to translate where he can.

    The guided tour starts off in the foyer and is followed by a screened documentary of the history and origins of the Palau in the small but plush chamber music hall. The chamber music hall is rented out for small concerts or presentations, conferences and meetings. On the floor of this chamber music hall is a literal piece of history - the very first stone that was laid for the construction of the building. The tour then takes us to the Lluis Millet room with it's beautiful, large stained glass windows which allows natural light into the space. The Lluis Millet room serves as an intermission hall but is also used for conferences and luncheons. The tour culminates in a visit to the a magnificent concert hall. The concept of having natural light flood the concert hall is obvious as the walls are made predominantly of stained glass with organic motifs and pièce de résistance is the gorgeous stained glass sky light hanging from the middle of the ceiling. It is said that the skylight represents the sun while the floral motifs for the stained glass makes the entire hall seem like a garden right in the middle of the city.

    The stage (which is curtain-less) is another sight to behold with the sculpture of Anselm Clavé (whose mission was the revival of traditional Catalan music) on the left to represent traditional/folk music, the bust of Beethoven to the right representing classical music and above Beethoven, the ride of the valkyries from Wagner's opera representing modern music. The walls of the stage are adorned with the Muses of Music in motion representing different cultures from all over the world. I especially loved how the upper half of these muses protruded out of the wall making them seem alive and in motion while their lower bodies were mosaics in the wall. We were later taken to savour the majestic atmosphere of the hall from the uppermost level.

    The guided tour costs 12 euros and takes about an hour. I liked the idea of the guided tour as it had limited places which means that I didn't need to squeeze with the masses like in some other places e.g. the Museo Picasso. Take note that the Palau de la Musica is closed on Mondays. Photography and filming are prohibited. There is a cafe located at the entrance of the Palau so visitors can enjoy a snack while waiting for the guided tour to commence.

    There is a shop located on the corner opposite the entrance to the Palau. Check the stuff that you want thoroughly before purchasing though. I bought 2 sets of coasters only to come home and find that the back of the coasters were torn/cracked.

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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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    Palau ed la Musica Catalana

    by smirnofforiginal Written May 6, 2010

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    Simply stunning!

    This is a World Heritage Site. Built 1905-1908 by Lluis Domenech i Montaner.

    From outside you can admire the columns and mosaics but it is also possible to go inside and take a tour. Tours are 50 minutes long and run half hourly, starting from 10am.

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    Palace of Catalan Music

    by Gili_S Written Jan 30, 2011

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    This is the unique building of the Palace of Catalan Music. This building was built in the early 20 century and it is still a major site that hosting festivals and music concerts. For concert program check the official site.

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