Palau de la Música Catalana

One of the masterpieces of Catalan Modernism

Interesting because: designed by Domènech i Montaner, one of the three great architects of Catalan Modernism

Address: Carrer Palau de la música, 4-6, 08003 Barcelona

Times: Guided tours daily from 10 am to 3:30 pm. Easter week and July from 10 am to 6 pm. August from 9 am to 8 pm.

Price: General: 18 €. Children under 10 free. Languages: Catalan, Castilian, English, French and Italian

It was built between the year 1905 and 1908. LLuís Domènech, the architect designed a solid and very advanced structure made up of big walls of glass and the integration of all the arts, sculpture, mosaics, stain glass windows and wrought iron.

The Palace of the Catalan Music is an audience of music placed in the street Sant Pere més alt in the neighbourhood of La Ribera. It was projected by the Barcelonan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, one of the best representatives of the Catalan modernism.

Domènech's architecture is of great quality and originality. It highlights the metal framework that allows another floor closed with a glass window. In the exterior, there are mixed modernists and baroque sculptural elements which do allusion to the world of the music. However, in the interior, the architect combined masterfully the diverse materials of construction with ceramics and glass.

The main room and the scene form a harmonic set, in which one joins other one. In the back side of the scene, the pipes of the organ have turned not only into a decoration element but also into the icon of the Palau de la Música Catalana. In addition, the scene is framed the sculptures of Ludwig van Beethoven and Richard Wagner.

The main face is located in the corner with the street Amadeu Vives, where the sculpture to “The traditional Catala song” can be found. Also, at the prow position, the artist Miquel Blay, Saint George, a feminine figure in the centre and a group of other figure that represent the sailor, the peasants, the elder, the children and the high class of the company, symbolize that the Palace of the Catalan Music was enjoyed by everyone.

The Room Lluís Millet placed in the first floor, opposite the room of concerts, is called the waiting room due to its impressive modernist lamp; the glass’ doors and the access to the terrace.

There are 2 options to visit the building: Going to one of the concerts that take place on or with the daily visits. Unable to book and generally almost never can be purchased for the same day, better buy it with 3 or 4 days in advance.

C/ Palau de la música, 4-6, 08003 Barcelona.
Metro
L1 and L4 station Urquinaona, walk down Via Layetana towards the sea, turn left at Sant Pere mes Alt street, walk for 5 mintutes and you will see the building.