Palau de la Musica Catalana

Palau de la Musica Catalana

Barcelona has many famous architects but most are dwarfed by Antoni Gaudi's fantastic acheivements. This is completely understandable with the Reus-born architect having 7 of his works in Barcelona bestowed with UNESCO World Heritage status - 7 of 9 which Barcelona currently holds.

The 8th & 9th honour goes to Luis Domenech i Montaner, who created the fantastic Hospital Sant Pau, and the Palau de la Musica Catalana, or Catalan Music Palace - both of which hold World Heritage Status. Montaner has numerous other works around the city and Catalonia, including the Zoological Museum in the Cuitadella Park.

This is another fine example of Moderista Architecture and lies in the Borne neighbourhood, just outiside the Gothic Quarter. This is the only building of such high esteem located in the "older quarters". Guided tours are available tpo the public, and it is worth noting that the guides appear to have an endless amount of knowledge regarding the structure and history of the Palace, so if you do visit, be sure to ask plenty of questions.

The palace was built between 1905 and 1908 and embraced many challenging aspects of architecture at the time and was also extended and re-modelled during 1982 and 1989. The palace is decorated with many sculptures - comissioned out to local artists at the time - and floral attirbutes, and stands out against it's duller neighbours.

By far the most spectacular part of the palce is the stained glass skylight in the main concert hall, which has seating for around 2,200 people and offers modern and classical concerts. The concert hall is the only concert hall in europe which offers light by natural sunlight during the day, and whilst certain orchestras have complained about the acoustics, I'm sure you would sacrifice this for the breathtaking views it offers whilst you take in the concert you're listening to. The resident orchestra at the Palau is the Barcelona Symphonic Orchestra.

UNESCO bestowed the honour of World Heritage Status on the Palace in 1997, along with Hospital Sant Pau.



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