Palau de la Musica Catalana

From: Barcelona Travel Guide

See also: Placa de CatalunyaLa RamblaPlaca ReialBarcelona CathedralPicasso Museum

Palau de la Musica Catalana
The beautiful Palace of Catalan Music is a concert hall that was designed by architect Lluis Domench i Montaner and inaugurated in 1908.

The building's grand facade has several areas of interest including the sculptural group known as The Catalan Song which is located on one of the corners of the building and was designed by Miguel Blay, alongside other other areas including colourful tiled pillars on the balconies as well as statues and reliefs and many more curved architectural features that make this building so unique.

The original entrance was through two arches supported by thick pillars which were decorated with a mosaic of colourful tiles as well as stone reliefs that add to the grandeur of the pillars and original entrance, the central pillar still contains the former ticket window that was once used.

The entrance now is through the foyer which again features plenty of stone carved reliefs, arches and colourful tiled flowers that are a feature of the building as well as a splendid marble staircase that also features decorative yellow supporting balusters and lamps that beautifully light the way.

The concert hall is surrounded by stained glass windows that includes a skylight that is golden yellow in its centre and turns to various shades of blue towards the outer rim all of which provide the hall with a superb amount of natural light.

There are numerous impressive sculptures and and reliefs within the hall that include carved roses on the ceiling, the busts of musicians and composers as well as mythical sculptures of winged horses that dominate the top of one side of the stage.

The Palau de la Musica Catalana hold regular performances with classical and choral music a regular feature throughout the year.

Guided Tours
The Palau de la Musica Catalana offers guided tours of the building that offer plenty of information about this superb working concert hall, the tours are available in several languages including English and French.

The Palau de la Musica Catalana is located in the Ciutat Vella district of the city, approximately 800 meters away from the well known Placa de Catalunya.

Travel Guide
The Palau de la Musica Catalana can be reached by subway station Urquinaona ( Line 1 and 4) and by bus to Via Laietana (7, 19, 40, 45 and N8).