The Palau de la Musica Catalana is one of the most representative monuments of Art Nouveau architecture, rich in mosaics, stained glass and sculptures. UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997, it’s the only concert hall illuminated by natural light in Europe.
It was designed by Gaudí’s professor and, probably, that’s why the architecture and interior design is more extravagant than what we usually see in beautiful Barcelona. The Palau de la Musica Catalana is like a jewel.
The Palau de la Musica Catalana was built around a metal frame covered by glass, taking advantage of the sun light. This masterpiece by Domènech i Montaner’s unites all the decorative arts in one magical place.
You can only visit it in a guided tour, with specific schedule for each language.
1)THE FACADE – VISITING THE PALAU DE LA MUSICA CATALANA IN BARCELONA
The Palau de La Musica Catalana is situated in a narrow street. Pay attention to appreciate and take some pictures of the red brick facade and columns covered by mosaic.
2)THE FOYER – VISITING THE PALAU DE LA MUSICA CATALANA IN BARCELONA
Entering the foyer, you can admire the double stairway, with stone handrails, glass balustrade and ceramic flower reliefs.
3)LLUIS MILLET HALL – VISITING THE PALAU DE LA MUSICA CATALANA IN BARCELONA
The Lluis Millet Hall is a meeting point for the concert breaks. It is dedicated to maestro Millet, founder of the Orfeó Català. It has high ceiling, with stained glass with flower motifs. However, the most beautiful for us, is the double colonnade of the balcony. Amazing!
4)THE AUDITORIUM – VISITING THE PALAU DE LA MUSICA CATALANA IN BARCELONA
The auditorium is naturally lit by a magnificent skylight of stained glass in the form of a water drop. It is difficult to choose what to look at, while you are listening to the tour guide. Everything is spectacular.
At the background wall of the stage, you can see the formidable “Muses of the Palau”. They are a group of 18 virgins playing instruments. They are one of the most admired attractions of the Palau de la Musica Catalana. The sculptures of Anselm Clavé bust at one side and Beethoven bust at the other, added to flowers, palm trees and fruits, are delightful.
The guided tour ends at the mezzanine, from where you have a marvellous view of both the entire auditorium and details of the columns.
5)TOURS – VISITING THE PALAU DE LA MUSICA CATALANA IN BARCELONA
They last 55 min and they are in Catalan, Spanish, French, English and Russian.
6)TICKETS 2017 – VISITING THE PALAU DE LA MUSICA CATALANA IN BARCELONA
-Children under 10 years old: free;
-General admission $ 18 Euros;
7)HOURS 2017 – VISITING THE PALAU DE LA MUSICA CATALANA IN BARCELONA
-Daily: From 10:00h to 15h30min;
-Eastern and July: From 10:00h to 18:00h;
-August: From 09:00h to 18:00h.
8)HOW TO GET THERE – VISITING THE PALAU DE LA MUSICA CATALANA IN BARCELONA
Subway station Urquinaona (L1, L4).
Address: 4-6, Palau de la Musica St.
We did the guided tour in English and we loved it. Another option would be watching a concert, but you would miss all the information and funny facts about the place.
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