The concert hall was designed by Lluis Domenech i Montaner and built in 1908. It entered UNESCO World Heritage Site list on 1997. There is an impressive stained glass window at the center of the concert hall. There are guided tours available, but the best would be to watch a performance to enjoy the acoustics.
Palau de la Música Catalana is one of the most interesting buildings in Barcelona, and I believe, the most beautiful on the inside (that ceiling!).
To see the inside of the building you may take a guided tour (they are quite expensive and must be reserved as soon as you can) or you can buy a ticket for one concert (they have concerts every day, sometimes more than once in a day, and sometimes tickets are really cheap).
Personally, I went with the concert and it was worth it. It's an alternative way of visiting a place of interest and you also have great music!
In either way, it is one of Barcelona's Must See and there is no way you should miss it!
In the site below you can find all the information you need and purchase tickets. You also have the concerts' agenda.
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.
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.
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
"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.
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
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.
This building is one of the most representative in our cultural history.. this is the place for all sort of concerts and performances located very near of Plaça Catalunya in barri gotic quarter closer to Via Laietana.. guided visits are affordable, just 9 eur and here is th elink for further information
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.