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. :)
Palau de la Música Catalana. An exceptional building in the Catalan 'Modernist style' (1908), designed by the architect Domènech i Montaner, and declared a 'World Heritage Building' by Unesco. The inherent worth of this concert Hall, acknowledged and admired worldwide, is enhanced by constant artisitic activity, with performance by players and orchestras of the highest international prestige.
Unique in the world!
Form Monday to Sunday 10-15:30 (every 30 minutes a visit!) takes 50 minutes. How much? 800 pesetas, students cheaper, yeah!
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 Musica Catalan is located in the Born district. The bus stop was only a couple of blocks from home, so quite convenient. Traffic seemed heavier than usual, and our bus came after 20 minutes. Since we arrived quite early, so had some time to check out the theatre, with its elaborate art nouveau tilework and domes and towers on the roofline. The façade is crammed into a narrow lane, making it quite hard to view. A modern extension included a clever brick bas relief depicting a tree. The building was designed in the Catalan modernista style by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner (also responsible for the divine Sant Pau Hospital),
Inside the foyer, the decoration was even more exuberant, adding coloured glass and mirrors to the palette. Grand stairways lead left and right, to the concert hall upstairs. The foyer is a bit cramped for the size of the audience, and entry is not until about 10 minutes before the performance. And, says my partner, only 4 cubicles in the Dames WC!
The true glory of the building is the magnificent Concert Hall, one of the most beautiful in the world, without any exaggeration. It seats about 2,200 people, and is illuminated during daytime entirely by natural light. The walls on two sides are stained-glass panes set in magnificent arches. Overhead is an enormous stained glass skylight, designed by Antoni Rigalt whose centerpiece is an inverted dome in golden hues surrounded by blue in homage to the sun and the sky.
The massively sculpted archway above the stage represents both classical and folk song - Valkyries on the right, and on the left, a statue of Anselm Clavé, a famous for the revival of Catalan folk songs. In the semicircle behind the stage, 18 women, each dressed differently, and each playing a different musical instrument, are depicted in sculpture and glass mosaic.
The best way to enjoy the building is to attend a performance. These can easily be booked on the website, and are generally of moderate cost. Barely twice the cost of one of the guided tours.
We chose the ‘Gran Gala Flamenco’ which is no tourist show. For ninety minutes the troupe give an energetic and passionate performance. There are four principal dancers (two male, two female), principal singers (male and female), plus percussion and guitar and backup singers. The music and perhaps the dancing itself is at least partially improvised. The musicians suggest and prompt throughout the show. Whilst the male dancers are in austere blacks and greys, the ladies costumes include the elaborate dresses synonymous with flamenco, flounces there are in suitable abundance. We bussed back home after the performance, catching a glimpse of a floodlit Casa Batllo, tomorrow’s opening attraction. It has been a busy day.
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.
When tou get enogh from Gaudí, you must this unique building, the palau of catalan music, near barrio gothic. I belive it is the most beautiful museum of barcelona. I lke gaudi's buildings, but this one beat them all.
It doesn't matter if you don't like music, just have a look at it, excellent arcitecture. There are guided tours, it was built in 1.908.
The Palau de la musica Catalana is quite and impressive building from the outside. Unfortunately we could not go inside, it was closed for visitors on the day we were there.
A music hall designed of an explosion of mosaics,tiles,stained glass,enamel,sculpture and carving.
The amazing building designed by the architect Domenech i Montaner was raised in 1908 in the Catalan modernist style. It's declared World Heritage building by UNESCO.
The Palau de la Música Catalana is a Modernist jewel built in 1908 by Lluís Domènech i Montaner. Important musical works take place here all year long.
Unfortunately the theatre itself wasn't accessible. Tourists were held out. We managed to catch a glimpse of the entrance and make a picture, highly illegal!