Palau de la Música Catalana (Palace of Catalan Music) was build between 1905 and 1908 for the Orfeó Català. It was designed in the Catalan modernism style by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. It was inaugurated February 9, 1908.
This monument is located on Carrer de Sant Francesc de Paula, in the section of old Barcelona known as La Ribera, near to the Born section, an excellent place to eat tapas and the Santa Caterina Market.
The Palau de la Música Catalana is an architectural jewel of Catalan Art Nouveau, the only concert venue in this style to be listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (4th December 1997), which today represents an essential landmark in the cultural and social life of Catalonia. Moreover it represents a symbolic emotional heritage for a whole people who identify with its history.
The design of the Palau de la Música is typical of Catalan modernism in that curves predominate over straight lines, dynamic shapes are preferred over static forms, and rich decoration that emphasizes floral and other organic motifs is used extensively.
The Concert Auditorium has for over a hundred years been the privileged setting for the musical life, both national and international, of Barcelona. It has hosted world premieres and is a musical and architectural landmark in the city as well as a cultural meeting place of the first order. Dominated by the organ over the stage and with a central skylight portraying the sun, the auditorium is filled with natural light. A mystical, paradoxical hall, packed with figures like the muses which surround the stage, a bust of Anselm Clavé on one side and Beethoven on the other, and hundreds of natural motifs, including flowers, palms, fruit, jars and cases filled with jewels.
Between 1982 and 1989 parts of the building have been restored to their original state, technically upgraded and expanded to allow additional uses. The new work did not compromise the decorative or structural integrity of the original building. Stone, brick, iron, glass, and ceramics were used in the same way that Domènech i Montaner used them. One of the most important expansions is the adjoining building of six stories that houses dressing rooms, a library, and an archive.
From 2006 to 2008 some further restoration was carried out: the lantern on the top of the tower on the corner of the building was reinstalled, as were some ornamental features of the facade.
Palau de la Música is one of the most important Modernism buildings you can visit in Barcelona. You can do a guided tour inside the Palau and do not miss any detail