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Palau de la Música Catalana

On the List of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage since 1997

Since 1997, the Palau de la Música Catalana is listed on the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage.

Impressive is, above all, the concert hall of the Palau de la Música, located in the northern part of the Barri Gòtic. Architect of the Palau de la Música was Lluis Domènech i Montaner, who built some important Art Nouveau buildings in Barcelona. Owner is the Catalan choir association "Orfeo Catala, which was founded in 1891. The Music Hall was built in 1905 and inaugurated in 1908.

Inside, the concert hall and the stage build a harmonious unit. Unusual materials were used: Lots of glass makes the Music Hall very bright and gives it a unique atmosphere, the ceramics with natural forms are typical of Modernism, the Catalan Art Nouveau. Above the stage, there is a church organ, which is working again, due to a restoration in 2004.

At the outer facade you can find elements of the Gothic and Modernism.

At the end of the 19th Century, the rapid development of Catalonia educed a bourgeoisie that was looking for new self-representation. The Modernism was an essential expression of this Renaixença.

The facade is decorated with flowery tiled columns with busts of great masters like Beethoven, Bach and Wagner. At the corner, a sculpture, in confectioner’s style, squirms its way down on a Moorish inspired tower.

The construction is crowned with a mosque like tower. The entrance of the Music Palace goes through this tower.

The impressive concert hall is the highlight of the tour, which allows you to visit the inside of the Palau de la Música. The large organ above the stage is flanked by coloured windows, also the top light illuminates the hall. The light appears through a downward curved and colourful glass dome.

Important information

Palau de la Música, 4-6
Phone: +34 902 475 485

Metro: Urquinaona (L1, L4)
Bus Turístic: Barri Gòtic

Opening times
Tours daily 10-15.30 every 30 minutes. Tours can be failed due to trials.
In July and in Easter week tours from 10-18.00.
Other times: consult availability.

Regular: € 18.00
Reduced: € 11.00
Children up to 10 years: free (accompanied by a family member)
Guided tour at Palau de la Música: €18 or €11 (reduced)
Barcelona Card: 20% discount on guided tour (only at the box office)

Tips for the visit of the Palau de la Música

The Palau de la Música can only be visited with a guided tour. The number of participants is limited. We recommend to book the tour in advance.

Schedule of the guided tours
The 55-minute tours take place daily from 10:00 to 15:30 clock every 30 minutes. The tours are held in Catalan, Spanish, English and French. In August, the tours are from 9:00 to 20:00.

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