If nature is the heart of modernism then the Palau de Musica has flowers pumping through its veins.
Try and pass it without stopping to admire the precision of the ornaments, the depth of the mosaics in its columns, and its sensational stained glass dome ceiling.
Fantastic on the outside? Sure. But by not going in for the tour you’re missing out on the real magic.
The palace is actually the result of three converging dreams at the beginning of the 20th Century.
- The dream for up and coming choir Orfero Catala to find a permanent home.
- The dream of a city wanting to put another jewel in the crown of Catalan Modernisme.
- The dream of Catalan architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner to successfully challenge conventional theater building.
What do you say, did it work? 😉
What Tourists Are Saying
The most sought after modern auditorium in the world has an incredible 4.5 star rating over 11,000 Tripadvisor reviews.
A quick search places the word breathtaking in 165 of its English reviews.
Any well-planned Barcelona itinerary includes it.
Palau de la Musica Facts
- It seats 2000 spectators.
- It’s an amazing example of art nouveau architecture.
- An explosion of colour and carefully placed, gorgeous mosaics.
- The golden-age type acoustics drive music lovers wild.
- Proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
- Hosts over 600 shows a year (from opera to flamenco to symphony orchestra and more).
- 500,000+ annual concert attendance.
Why Take a Palace of Catalan Music Tour?
Nearly 200,000 people a year take the guided tour and the number is only increasing – the reasons to see the palace are long but on holiday in Barcelona you’ll do it because:
You see more.
With access to restricted areas not open to the general public during concerts.
You see better.
Guided tours during the day also make way better use of the defining natural light that dazzles everyone who sets foot in the place.
A ton of interesting information by the entertaining and informative English-speaking guides.
You save money.
It’s more than 50% cheaper than seeing most concerts.
What You’ll See on the Tour
A highlight has to be the massive 3000 pipe organ looming high above you – don’t despair, they’ll be sure to do a little performance just to show you how good the acoustics are 😉
Even better is the glass sun dome (shown above) that takes a majestic three-dimensional plunge into the concert space and looks like teardrop or a portal to another dimension.
There’s not a camera in the world to do this light show justice.
The initial video presentation about the history of the building gives you all the info you need before the guide even opens their mouth. When they do virtually every sculpture on the wall and ceiling is highlighted and explained.
The tour lasts about an hour.
Palace of Catalan Music Prices
English tours of the Palau are available for the discounted online price of €18.
Buying in advance online is strongly advised to avoid long lines and ensure you get your desired time. There are limited spots per hour. I’ve heard of up to three hour lines (!) in summer.
Where to Get Palace of Catalan Music Tickets
You can get tickets via the official Barcelona Tourism Office by clicking the button below:
Once you’ve got them just print out the tickets you receive via email and show up. Sorted.
NOTE: those using the 2, 3, 4, or 5 day Barcelona Card for discounted transport get 20% off Palace of Catalan Music tickets as well as many more can’t-miss attractions.
Palace of Catalan Music Hacks
- Buy tickets online to save money, avoid lining up, and get desired time.
- Combine your entrance with the Barcelona Card for a 20% discount.
- Book for sunny days – mornings and sunset are especially good.
- Walk all around the building – the backside is spectacular 😉
- Buy gift shop souvenirs after the tour- guides usually give 10% discount coupons.
- Take the flash off your camera unless you want an angry guide!
- Grab a drink at the fantastic terrace at nearby El Bar de l’Antic Teatre.
- Explore the bustling Born district while you’re there.
History of the Building
This garden of light and colour, brainchild of genius Catalan architect Lluis Domenech y Montaner, was built between 1905 and 1908 during the same period Gaudi was hard at work on his masterpiece Casa Batllo.
By 1909 the building had already been awarded art nouveau masterpiece status by the city of Barcelona and in 1971 was declared a national monument.
Over the years some major improvements and changes have been made – the most important being between 1982 and 1989 and those at the beginning of the 2000’s giving the building a library, some offices, a tiny square, and even a bar.
How to get to the Palau de la Musica
The Palau de la Musica is found in the Born District at Carrer Palau de la Música 4-6.
To get there simply take the yellow or red metro lines and get off at Urquinaona.
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