Located in the Born district, a stone’s throw from the famous Laietana Street, the Palau de la Musica has been a landmark of the social and cultural life of all Catalan citizens for over 100 years.
The Palau de la Musica is the result of two great dreams conceived in the early twentieth century: one, that of the amateur company Orfeo Català looking for a place to perform, and which over time will become one of the most famous choirs in the world; and the second, that of the architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner, who decided to challenge all the classical canons of a normal theater to give life to a jewel of Catalan modernism, a palace that represented Music.
Today, with great pride for all the Catalans, the Palau de la Musica has become the most unique Modernist Auditorium in the world, proclaimed Unesco heritage in 1997.
This “garden” of lights and colors was built between 1905 and 1908 by the ingenious mind Lluis Domenech y Montaner, just in the same years in which another genius, Antoni Gaudi, was building the Casa Battló.
In 1909, just a few years after its construction, the building was immediately identified and awarded by the municipality of Barcelona as a masterpiece of Art Nouveau, and in 1971 it was declared a National Monument.
The building has a central metal structure covered with glass, which, when receiving natural light, transforms this pearl of Catalan modernism into a magical music box, where all the applied arts are combined with harmony and lightness: sculpture, mosaic, and glasswork.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun (10.00 AM – 03.30 PM) – August: Mon-Sun (10.00 AM – 06.00 PM)
Admission: guided tour (55 minutes) 20€, children under 10 years free
How to reach: Metro Urquinaona, Metro Catalunya
Address: 4-6, 08003 Barcelona, Spagna