Every Picture Tells a Story     October 2019

Palau de la Música Catalana
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain


The Palau de la Música Catalana (Catalan pronunciation: [pəˈɫaw ðə ɫə ˈmuzikə kətəˈɫanə], English: Palace of Catalan Music) is a concert hall in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Designed in the Catalan modernista 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 movement that came to be known as the Renaixença (Catalan Rebirth).[1] It was inaugurated February 9, 1908.

The project was financed primarily by the society, but important financial contributions also were made by Barcelona's wealthy industrialists and bourgeoisie. 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, remodeling, and extension under the direction of architects Oscar Tusquets and Carles Díaz.[2] In 1997, the Palau de la Música Catalana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Hospital de Sant Pau. 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).

Discover one of the world’s most unique modernist jewels with an exceptional music program.

This, the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner’s masterpiece, was built between 1905 and 1908 as the home of the Orfeó Català. It is designed as a magical music box that combines all the applied arts: sculpture, mosaic, stained glass, ironwork. Guided tours of Palau de la Música are a must for your stay in Barcelona to discover the unique modernist concert hall heritage site by UNESCO


The foyer

The foyer from stairs The ceiling of the concert auditorium

The stage of the concert auditorium The concert auditorium seating

The ceiling Light & airy seating

Just beautiful Background of the stage
The stage Horse & rider in the ceiling

Columnes Matteo Vecchi Very popular
Columnes Matteo Vecchi Columnes Matteo Vecchi

Lluis Millet Hall Columnes Matteo Vecchi finally with no people
Flying horse The concert auditorium

The concert auditorium ceiling

The concert auditorium
Flying horse Light fixture

Stained glass, light fixtures & colms The upper gallery
The stage The stained glass light fixture

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