How can a building convey feelings or stir up emotions? Some say the stones of The Palau are alive. They are the result of a unique moment of the tenacity of a group of people united by their love of music and their country. For almost 110 years the stones have seen the best artists of the 20th century; some of the most prestigious orchestras, directors, and soloists continue to perform on this same stage.
Barcelona was once a melting pot where the most vanguard artists were living. Orfeó Català, a popular cultural and project promoter involving music became a mass phenonium in 1891in Barcelona. This lead to modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner designing the Palau de la Música Catalana for the Orfeó Català. The stunning building, located near Plaça de Catalunya, was built in three short years from 1905 to 1908.
It was (and still is) treasured by music lovers of different social origins and trained on the scene to go beyond popular songs. The Palau organized music festivals, research music, and created a music magazine. But furthermore, it quickly went beyond the music scene and became a cultural and political reference to Catalan Nationalism.
The Concert Hall
The Concert Hall is one of the most stunning halls in the world. The Palau is home to landmark symphonic and choral music, hosts world premieres, and introduces some of the best artists the world has ever seen and heard. The mystical hall, containing 2146 seats, is centered below the gorgeous skylight, filling the room with natural light. The columns, stain glass, stonework, flower motifs, and sound sculptures are an inspiration to visitors and performers.
The Lluís Millet Hall
Named after the Orfeó Català founder and Maestro, Lluís Millet, Sala Lluís Millet, is the ideal intermission meeting place. The two-story, stained-glass hall with an outdoor balcony is designed to give an astonishing effect. The floral designs, double colonnade area is decorated with unique configuration and colors.
The Palau de la Musica Catalana
The Palau de la Musica Catalana has something for everyone. It hosts between 400-500 concerts per year; everything from flamenco, swing, jazz, Spanish guitar, opera, classical, piano, to film music, and tv series music.
The founder of the Palau de la Música Catalana lived upstairs above the concert hall. It was said that during some performances the audience could hear his dog howling or barking. Dedicated to the International Language of Music every piece of art and stone in the building relates to music, nature, the arts, and culture.
The Palau de la Musica Catalana became a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on December 4th, 1997.
Additional Barcelona Tips
Enjoy a cocktail at Paradiso before or after the show.
Stroll Through Plaça Reial and Discover Antoni Gaudí’s First Works.
Beware of the Magic Drinking Fountain on Las Ramblas
Need a place to stay? Check out Ohla Eixample is a modern five-star design boutique hotel.
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