Squeezed between the narrow street of Sant Pere Més Alt in La Ribera neighborhood of the Old City, it’s very hard to get a full glimpse from such a short distance of the most celebrated concert hall in Barcelona and one of the most fantastic buildings the Modernista movement ever created.
History and artistic relevance
Founded by the Orfeó Catalá (Catalan Choral Society) whose name is inscripted on the facade itself, it was inaugurated in 1908. Nowadays with over 100 years of music history, it’s one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The place is very popular for symphonic and chamber music and through the years it has been the first one to stage many pieces that are now some of the most relevant in music history such as Isaac Albéniz’s Azulejos or Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez.
Many top 20th Century composers and musicians have performed their work within the walls of the Palau, such as Ravel, Igor Stravinsky and Manuel de Falla to name a few. However, the Palau has also given room to other prominent figures in contemporary music like Ella Fitzgerald, Vittorio Gassman, Duke Ellington, Paco de Lucía, Woody Allen and Norah Jones.
A Barcelona Icon
The exquisite decoration (besides the perfection in acoustics) is the most impressive feature of the Palau. Designed exclusively for the presentation of music, it’s one of the best examples in Modernista (Catalan Art Nouveau) Architecture in the world.
Classical music icons are present in the form of sculptures, as well as the muses that decorate the semi circle on the stage, each one playing a different instrument.
Among them, the other element that distinguishes the Palau is the pipe organ that rises above center stage. The Concert Hall is completely lit by natural light thanks to the impressive skylight directly above its 2,200 seating capacity.
The musical agenda of the Palau never stops, performances and concerts take place almost on a daily basis. If you’re not able to catch a musical performance at the Palau, an experience recommended to the most, a guided tour of the Palau de la Musica is encouraged in order to get a sense of historical Barcelona.
Palau de la Musica Catalana: Tickets
Individual entrance to the Palace of Catalan Music (including guided visit) is 18€. Children up to 10 years old accompanied by an adult enter for free.
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How to get to Palau de la Musica:
Metro: Lines 1 and 4, Urquinaona Station.
Bus: #17, #19, #40 and #45.
Address: C/ Sant Pere Més Alt 4-6, 08003
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