Discover Palace of Catalan Music

Palace of Catalan Music

Discover Palace of Catalan Music

Palace of Catalan Music in Barcelona is a must visit in the capital of Catalunya. The iconic building is a perfect example of Catalan Modernism, and it was completed in the early 20th century.

Palau de la Musica has a fascinating concert hall where you can attend a concert or a guided tour. For example you can see flamenco dance shows and classical choral and chamber music concerts. One of its most remarkable features is its abundant use of natural light, which floods the interior with a warm glow.

The Palau’s Petit Palau, an intimate space within the complex, serves as a platform for more intimate musical gatherings, providing an ideal setting for chamber music recitals and smaller-scale performances. Besides the flamenco shows and classical music concerts, you can discover the palace with professional guides to uncover the secrets of a century-old mansion.

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The contemporary structure features a prominent metallic core enveloped in glass, diffusing natural light throughout its entire interior. This architectural marvel transforms into a harmonious hub for various art forms, seamlessly integrating sculpture, mosaics, stained glass, and wrought iron. The entrance to the stage is adorned as a homage to the world of music, showcasing iconic figures like Ludwig Van Beethoven and Josep Anselm Clavé.

It is currently a meeting point of the cultural and social life of Catalonia. Also, there is a charming terrace with mosaics and sculptures that, when you see them once, will make you see them twice.

History of the Palace of Catalan Music Barcelona

Palace was designed in the Catalan Modernista style by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. It was built between 1905 and 1908 for Orfeó Català. Orfeó Català is a choral society that was founded in 1891 and it was a leading force in the Catalan cultural movement that came to be known as the Renaixença (Catalan Rebirth).

In 1909, the architect received an award from the Barcelona City Council for the best building completed the previous year. Palace was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, it is the only concert hall declared as such. More than 500,000 people attend musical concerts at the Palace each year, ranging from symphonic and chamber music to jazz and Cançó (Catalan song).

This iconic establishment stands as a testament to the world of symphonic music, boasting a rich history that includes the illustrious presence of musical luminaries like Igor Stravinsky and Richard Strauss. What may come as a surprise is the venue’s role as a guardian of the city’s heritage, harbouring a remarkable collection of historical documents that date back to the fifteenth century.

In addition to its musical significance, it serves as a repository of the city’s past, preserving invaluable records that offer a window into centuries gone by. This unique blend of musical grandeur and historical preservation makes it a truly exceptional cultural treasure.

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Just a short walk away, you can immerse yourself in the historic charm of the Gothic Quarter. This atmospheric quarter is a living testament to the city’s rich past, with its cobblestone alleys leading to hidden squares. Explore small medieval lanes, the Barcelona Cathedral, and ancient squares like Plaça Sant Jaume.

To see more examples of Catalan Gothic Architecture of Barcelona, visit hospital de Sant Pau. It is a stunning hospital, also built by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner.

How to Get There?

The walking distance from Plaça Catalunya is 5 minutes. If you don’t fancy walking, there are also plenty of public transportation options you can check out. For example buses V15, V17, and 47 make a stop near the concert hall. Also metro lines L1 (red) and L4 (yellow) reach the Palau de la Música Catalana.

When to Visit?

The Palace of Catalan Music Barcelona is open every day between 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. The admission fee for a guided tour is 20 € for adults between 35-65 years old. The price for seniors over 65 and adults under 35, is 17 €. Children, who are less than 10 years old, get a free entry.

The prices for flamenco shows are between 30-55 €. Check out the official website of  Palau de la Música Catalana for more detailed information about the events.

What Else About Barcelona?

If you’re interested in learning more about different areas of the city, check out our Barcelona Walking Tour. We are visiting all the city’s most well-known locations that are must-sees for everyone. Also to explore other places or to see what to do in Barcelona, you should check our blog for other content.

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