Palau de la Música Catalana (Catalan pronunciation: [pəˈlaw ðə lə ˈmuzikə kətəˈlanə], 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 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). It was inaugurated on 9 February 1908.
The construction project was mainly financed by Orfeó Català, but important financial contributions also came from Barcelona's wealthy industrialists and bourgeoisie. The palace 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. In 1997, the palace 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).
Stephanie Pace | Mar 30, 2018
A great place to visit while in Barcelona. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and I hope one day that I can go back and see a concert there. Do not forget to bring you camera because it is a good place to take some photos. They have beautiful design and architecture. The staff was friendly and there is a cafe inside. We did not try the cafe so I am not sure how good it is.
Satish Chandran | Apr 2, 2018
You have to must, must see this place. Unless you actually enter and go on a guided tour, you just will not know what you are missing. The outside is good but the inside part is simply amazing. We just loved the whole experience. There are only guided tours here, in English and Spanish. The interiors are out of the world and the acoustics are very good. There is a nice little cafe inside. Entry fee applicable. Credit cards accepted. Highly recommended.
Sunil Dhar | Mar 30, 2018
We booked an English tour but what we got was a Spanish accented person who was very difficult to understand. The building was wonderful and very colorful. The design of the architecture was a marvel to behold and almost look familiar with that of Antoni Gaudi architecture. This was well worth the tour money in spite of the difficulty of understanding the tour guide
Alex Stinson | Apr 1, 2018
Wonderful location. Beautiful and comfy. The view to the stage is not the best. Pretty tough to see something if someone sitting in front of you
Markéta Kačenová | Mar 18, 2018
Beatiful, from inside and outside. It has special magic. The best way to explore it is to see a concert there! True, the seats were a bit narrow and it was a bit chilly inside. But still beautiful.
Mando D | May 7, 2018
Absolutely stunning! Everything from the architecture and decor to the music and dancing was amazing. This is a unique and beautiful experience that I would recommend to anyone visiting Barcelona. The area is beautiful and is easily walkable, allowing for days filled with sights of building from centuries past and, great food, and lots and lots of shopping! Even if you don't see a performance here, it's worth a visit... But you'd be doing yourself a disservice by missing the show.
Keith Asselborn | Apr 11, 2018
Skip the tour and come for a concert. The musical hall and its Catalan architectural design are breathtaking. You are guaranteed to have a good time. Come in advance to snag good pictures. The ticket prices are in my opinion steep though, don't expect world class concerts or orchestras. Compared to other cities like Vienna, our concert was not on par. Recommend 8/10
Sumit Srivastava | May 10, 2018
I am not in any way related to music. But this was a beautiful experience. The guides were very nice and passionate. 20 Eur if you are not on a discount like Catalonia resident, or student etc. As a student I paid 11. Exhilarating. A must.
Erwin Aubel | Apr 19, 2018
Not to be missed on a visit to beautiful Barcelona. Amazing modernist Catalan architecture inspired by nature. The tour allows you to see the Palau up and close and let’s you hear the organ and it’s great acoustic.
Zoe Chen | Jun 8, 2018
I really love this place and all the detail. However, I traveled so long way to Barcelona but couldn’t even have my own time to discover it’s beauty. The tour only had less than an hour, and the guide (men with glasses) kept explaining but didn’t let us browse around. Moreover, there were also other big travel group join the time slot I participated, so I can’t even walk through the balcony to see the beautiful decoration. Such a shame. I really feel it disappointing. If they merge other group of 30 people with individual people like us, it will be better to let us know in the begin. Cuz I saw the next guide tour started 30minutes later then us only had less than 10 people........ So, finger crossed you didn’t be put with other travel tour group.
Jasira Woods | Jun 1, 2018
Absolutely beautiful venue and I was moved by the Flamenco performance that I saw. Easily the best part of my trip to Barcelona. It was surreal to be here. The area is also cute, charming, lively, and easily accessible. Only complaint is that there was a serious lack of ushers available to help with seating, questions, etc.
Patrick Lau | Jul 4, 2018
This is a stunning concert venue. It is smaller than you might imagine but produces world class acoustics off beautiful glass tiles. The stage features statues of muses that seem to leap out to touch, sing, and play to you. There are abundant vistas for selfies and enjoyment of the surroundings. Arrive to your show early for the most unobstructed shots. Warning: seats are very small, worse than a modern airplane! While your ears may be pleased, your legs will not.
Jaynath Ahmed | Jun 28, 2018
This is an amazing place to go see specially if your into history, architecture, and music. If you've been exploring gaudis work you would want to know who inspired and taught him. This place was designed by gaudis teacher. The tickets cost 20€ for an adult. There are time slots for English tours and Spanish tours. Opening times 10:30 till 15:30. There is a coffee shop where you can enjoy a coffee and wait for your tour if you arrive early. It is truly beautiful inside. The tour includes listening to the organs which was nothing I expected, modern speakers have nothing on them. Our guide was very knowledgeable, funny and informative. The tour doesn't last very long but still worth it in my opinion.
Andrey Lipattsev | Aug 4, 2018
Absolutely magnificent! A dream of music made glass and stone. Adult tickets at €17, and last entrance is at 15:00. Make sure to visit the balcony on the way up, since you can't come back to it from the top floor.
Kev Jono | Aug 5, 2018
Beautiful building surrounded by other amazing buildings. Barcálona is just so photogenic it's hard to take a bad picture. One of the places you can visit on the tour busses you can hop round the city on. When I go back I will only buy a ticket for.one day on the bus as a lot of the places en route you can walk to in half the time once you get you bearings. If you are not a confident traveller maybe 2-3 day ticket for bus will be a better buy.
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