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Catalan Music Palace (Palau de la Musica Catalana)

Barcelona’s Palau de la Musica Catalana, also known as the Catalan Music Palace, is a concert hall designed in the Catalan modernism style by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. It was built between 1905 and 1908 for the Orfeó Català, a choral society founded in 1891 that was a leading force in the Catalan cultural and political independence movement that came to be known as the Renaixença, or Catalan Rebirth.


The Palau won the architect, an award from the Barcelona City Council in 1909, given to the best building built during the previous year. Between 1982 and 1989, the building underwent extensive restoration, remodelling and extension under the direction of architects Oscar Tusquets and Carles Díaz. In 1997, Barcelona’s Palau de la Musica Catalana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, more than half a million people a year attend musical performances in the Palau that range from symphonic and chamber music to jazz and Cançó (Catalan song). Sometimes, they also play flamenco and pop music.

The concert hall of Barcelona’s Palau, which seats about 2,200 people, is the only auditorium in Europe that is illuminated during daylight hours entirely by natural light. The walls on two sides consist primarily of stained-glass panes set in magnificent arches, and overhead is an enormous skylight of stained glass designed by Antoni Rigalt whose centrepiece is an inverted dome in shades of gold surrounded by blue that suggests the sun and the sky.

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The dominant theme in the sumptuous sculptural decor of the concert hall is choral music, something that might be expected in an auditorium commissioned by a choral society. A choir of young women surrounds the “sun” in the stained-glass skylight, and a bust of Anselm Clavé, a famous choir director who was instrumental in reviving Catalan folk songs, is situated on the left side of the stage, under a stone tree.

This concert hall is one of the most distinctive in the world – for over a hundred years it is a privileged place of musical life of Barcelona, nationally and internationally. It holds a lot of the world’s premier music and is a musical and architectural landmark in the city, as well as a meeting place for the cultural elite of the first order. It is one of Barcelona’s most famous landmarks where you can catch concerts from Sarah McLachlan to the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. Barcelona has many other venues for classical and contemporary shows, as well as excellent dance performances. Why not have a drink under the sparkling mosaics of the palace’s columns before taking the majestic staircase to enjoy your concert in the auditorium. Let this jewel of modern architecture take you into a whirlwind of fantasies.
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Besides the possibility of attending concerts, the Palace offers a visit with an experienced guide. Within the tour you will visit all its facilities, will be able to look at the famous organ and hear interesting information about him as a landmark and a cultural program. There is also a skip-the-line walking tour for Palau de la Musica as well as other cultural attractions, if you cannot wait! Ticket prices vary with each concert, here we offer you the chance to review the schedule of concerts and buy tickets to the ones that suit you.

How to get there

  • Address: C/ Palau de la Música, 4-6, 08003 Barcelona, Spain.
  • Transport: Metro L1 (stop: Urquinaona), metro L4 (stop: Jaume I), buses 17, 19, 40 and 45.
  • Various prices :  cost of an entry for a guided tour : 18€ – cost of an entry for students and jobseekers (under presentation of a card): 11€
  • Opening hours of the ticket office : 9h30 to 21h00 from Monday to Friday – 10h00 to 15h00 every Sunday
  • Phone number : 93 295 72 00 / Website : www.palaumusica.cat)

The palace is located on the border of two neighborhoods – the Gothic Quarter and El Born. If you are in search of accommodation nearby, there are various APARTMENTS AND ROOMS NEAR PALAU DE LA MUSICA available now.

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