Palace of Catalan Music

Palace of Catalan Music, Barcelona: Hours, Address, Palace of Catalan Music Reviews: 4.5/5

Palace of Catalan Music
Architectural Buildings • Theatres
10:00 - 15:30
10:00 - 15:30
10:00 - 15:30
10:00 - 15:30
10:00 - 15:30
10:00 - 15:30
10:00 - 15:30
10:00 - 15:30
The Palau, an icon of modernist architecture in downtown Barcelona The Palau de la Música Catalana is one of the most representative monuments of the city and It is one of the most recommended tourist attractions of Barcelona. Built between 1905 and 1908 by the great architect Lluis Domènech i Montaner, the Palau de la Música Catalana is an architectural jewel of Catalonia and essential part of any visit to the city, as any of the most fascinating Gaudi buildings. This historical building, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997, offers an experience so magical that visitors fall in love with it. From the hand of experienced guides, the wonders of this architectural pearl discovered and visitors into a fantasy world full of details and references to the characteristic nature of modernist architecture. An essential visit in the list of top 10 things to see in Barcelona.
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The area
Neighbourhood: El Born / La Ribera
The labyrinth that is El Born becomes most apparent the moment you turn down one of its side streets. But this is one of the few labyrinths you might actually enjoy losing your way in. After all, there are few places that live and breathe such exciting energy regardless of the time of day. This neighbourhood seamlessly transcends the old and new parts of the city, reflected in its vast array of restaurants ranging from fancy Michelin-star establishments to trendy fusion restaurants. Here you'll find historical and cultural attractions such as the popular Picasso Museum and the Gothic cathedral La Santa Maria del Mar, where you just might be able to catch a traditional Catalan wedding.
How to get there
  • Urquinaona • 3 min walk
  • Catalunya • 6 min walk
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18,472 reviews
Very good

patricio c
Cape Town, South Africa4 contributions
Wonderful sound!
Jul 2021
Excellent quality of sound, Palau de la Musica Catalana is at the top of Catalan Modern Art. Domenech i Montaner such a wonderful architect, being the second after Gaudí makes you forgettable...
Written 14 July 2021
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Miral Beven
2 contributions
Jun 2021
Very nice place historic location visit its time and sounds great with husband I recommend 5*****. Thnkx
Written 27 June 2021
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Budapest, Hungary44 contributions
Beautiful modernist building
This is a beautiful building in the middle of the Gothic district. Entrance for a self-guided tour costs 10 euros, this gives you a guide with short audio pieces on app on your own device, you also need your own headphones (but everything is also written down so don’t worry if you don’t have any). The building is just really pretty and full of interesting pieces of art and great photo opportunities. You can even hear the organ if you are lucky!
Written 13 June 2021
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Barcelona, Spain228 contributions
A Catalan treasure
We have walked by this landmark hundreds of time and would stop and stare in awe at its beauty, every single time. Ah we weren’t quite prepared for the magic that awaits inside this 100+ year old concert hall. Music and architecture, two art forms that come alive in this stunning place. Each room filled with decorative motifs, dynamic shapes, dazzling colours and intricate details that stops you dead in your tracks. A Catalan treasure indeed.
Written 12 June 2021
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Cincinnati, OH924 contributions
Lovely place
Apr 2020
Lovely architecture and nice tour. We were table to see part of a concert going on for school children during the tour as well.
Written 4 March 2021
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Glasgow, UK4 contributions
Oct 2020
We took a 1 hour guided tour, the guide was very knowledgeable and keen to share information. Its easy to miss this place, as its hidden in the Gothic quarter. Fantastic to see the light effects and the glass ceiling is stunning. Certainly worth a visit.
Written 21 January 2021
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Flyawhey | Health & Travel Blog
Lexington, KY152 contributions
Marvelous Visit for anybody who loves music
Feb 2020
I arrived right when it was opening at 8 am, so the staff was still cleaning and preparing for visitors for the day. While there isn't much information on display for visitors (lack of clarity and help from the workers), it was still a marvelous visit. It's very beautiful and the theater itself is jaw-dropping. From what I can remember, you can only access the top part of the theater, so that's the only view you're going to get.
Written 10 January 2021
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Murmansk, Russia21,018 contributions
The second architectural megahit by Luis Domenech y Montaner.
Dec 2019
After visiting the hospital of Sao Pau, the visit to the Palace of Catalan music was a foregone conclusion. The style of Luis Domenech y Montaner does not leave anyone indifferent. UNESCO in 1997 equated it with Gaudi recognizing these two architectural masterpieces as world heritage. There are two ways to visit the Palace: take a ticket to a concert or go on a guided tour. The former is clearly preferable, because the emotional impact of Domenech-y-Montaner interiors with music will certainly be stronger. However, there were no tickets and I had to limit myself to a tour. 50-minute guided tours take place in groups of up to 50 people every 30 minutes. It costs 18 euros. 3 euros more than the Louvre with its 200 thousand square meters. m. Barcelona is not for poor tourists. Already the lobby with a bar in the middle is amazing. Then you are taken to the small hall for an introductory story about the Palace. Admiration builds up on the stairs. The tour culminates in a concert hall. Everything is impressive here, but especially the giant dome curved inwards, made of colored glass mosaic. The colors of the mosaic are chosen in such a way that the audience has the effect of being in the open air, because this is the only concert hall in Europe with natural light. In the center of the dome, the Golden mosaic represents the Sun, and the blue shades used around it represent the sky. Wide arcades soar above the rows of seats in the upper gallery, and intricate moldings frame the stage, 18 statues symbolizing the Greek muses, and Wagner's Valkyries are located here. The organ pipes on the wall symbolize masculinity. The hall can accommodate 2,200 people, but as I mentioned, it is not easy to get into their number.
Written 30 November 2020
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Léa P
1 contribution
Wonderful place to visit
Jul 2020
The Palace of music in Barcelona is a concert hall. His first goal is to host choral concert, symphonic music and recitals. The palace houses a big concert hall with beautiful sculptures on two floors. What I prefer there is the architecture. Mosaic colums are very beautiful and colorful and the magnificent stained glass skyligh is the real star of the building. Furthermore, the district is a very good place to visit too. I loved visiting this monument and my journey in Barcelona was wonderful and very fun!
Written 6 November 2020
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Sarasota, FL6,483 contributions
One of the best things Barcelona has to offer!
Nov 2019
The Palace of Music or Palau de la Musica was located below the more expensive Catalonia square so the singers and musicians could afford to live near the the palace where they worked. We found the entrance to, what seemed to me to be an unassuming red brick and glass Modernist exterior, tucked away from the main Via Laietana. As we approached we were greeted by the statue of St George, the patron saint of Catalonia and Barcelona but once we stepped inside I knew we had stumbled upon something very special.

The music palace, called an architectural jewel, is the only concert hall listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, holding approximately 600 concerts each year. It was designed by architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner, for the Orfeo Catala, a choral society founded in 1891 that became an important part of the Catalan cultural movement known as the Renaixenca. The project was financed primarily by the society. There was something ‘Gaudiesque’ in the design with so many elements of nature, natural light and airiness inside. Our guide told us that he was Gaudi’s teacher for awhile, which made sense to me.

From the foyer to the stairs up to the beautiful Lluis Millet Hall where we began our tour, I began to notice roses carved in detail along railings, as ceiling elements, balustrades and even in the numerous tiles on the walls, floors, ceilings and in stained glass windows. I soon found out there are more than 2,000 roses throughout the palace, a tribute to the legend of St. George. On St. George Day, it is tradition for the Catalan people to exchange roses and books. Our guide added that Shakespeare, important to the Catalan people, died on that day.
There is an impressive chandelier hanging from the ceiling in this hall but what impressed me more was the balcony with its colorful and ornately tiled columns.

From the Lluis Millet Hall we heard strains of choral music coming from the concert hall, and as we entered the hall I was delighted to listen to a choir rehearsal practicing for an upcoming event! What a treat to listen to the sounds of the choir in this concert hall designed specifically for choral singers. Once inside we quietly took our seats to enjoy this little bonus.

There are few straight lines in the palace, intentionally designed for music acoustics. “The Palace is surrounded primarily with glass and ceramics, generally not considered good for acoustics but curves help”, said our guide, however it is renowned world wide and accepted as having unsurpassed acoustics. The design, called a ‘box of light’ was intended for more light to come inside flooding the interior with color streaming in from the stained glass ‘sun’ on the ceiling as well as the beautiful glass windows surrounding the theater, creating a magical, even etherial space. This intention challenged the structural integrity of the building making the success of the final design even more impressive.
The Rise of the ‘Catalonia ceiling’ over the 'eternal garden' is flanked by Pegasus horses, statues referring to glory and success. To the left of the stage is a large bust of Josep Anselm Clave, an important force in the world of Catalan choral music; on the right, a smaller bust of Beethoven represents classical music, with Vagner’s Ride of the Valkyries looming over his head. The larger sculpture of Clave is intended to demonstrate that Catalan music trumps any foreign creation.

Eighteen female muses project from the wall behind the stage, each carrying an historic musical instrument representing the different styles from around the world. The collection of sculptures is brought together with a colorful blending of mosaic tiles by Eusebi Arnau and Louis Bru. Above the muses hangs an enormous, recently restored, organ from Germany with 3,700 powerful pipes. We were treated to a sampling of Handel that easily filled the enormous 2,146 seat concert hall wit sound. I found it interesting to learn that music is sent by wifi from the stage for recording. All in all I found it an overwhelming, mystical musical experience and look forward to our concert here tonight!

Before leaving we stayed for a video of the history of the Palau. Worth watching!

We came back at night to hear Barcelona Guitar Trio & Dance, an homage to Paco de Lucia. The three internationally renowned guitarists, the maestros Manuel González, Xavier Coll and Luis Robisco played a selection of the works of Isaac Albéniz, Federico García Lorca, Chick Corea and Manuel de Falla. Sitting on the stage with these guitarists was “one of the most exciting pairs of flamenco dancers in the country” (yes more flamenco!). This combination of artists delivered an unforgettable tribute to Paco de Lucía fusing both the exciting flamenco dance with these Spanish guitarists. These artists, playing in the renowned music hall, created a total environment that made us feel the passionate music of Barcelona and its Spanish heritage.

Our seats were perfectly centered in the balcony to give us the best view of the Flamenco dancers as well as listening to the guitarists. Sitting in the upper reaches of the concert hall also gave me opportunity to better see the dazzlingly illuminated lights from the stained glass ceiling. I only wish they did not use mics because the acoustics in this hall were sufficient to clearly hear the natural staccato but the mics were turned on too loud distorting somewhat the sounds we wanted to hear, but it was an amazing evening that I highly recommend to anyone wanting to get fully absorbed in the culture of this remarkable heritage. To get a taste of these talented artists you can go to YouTube: Barcelona Guitar Trio - Entre dos Aguas (Homenaje a Paco de Lucía). Enjoy!
Written 15 October 2020
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