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Domènech i Montaner: PALAU DE LA MÚSICA CATALANA   (Palace of Catalan Music)

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Domènech i Montaner: Palau de la Musica Catalana "Popular airs"


Basic information:
Location:   Carrer Sant Pau de la Música / Carrer de Sant Pere Mes Alt, 11     Barcelona
Qualification:  xxxxx  (5 on 5)
Present condition: The Palau was recently restored and is in good condition out and indoors. New works had been recently inaugurated respecting the work of Domènech i Montaner. That works consist in a new Chamber concert hall in a place where it was a church, permeting now to see one of lateral façades of the initial building previously hidden.
How to go to:  Buses: 17, 19, 40, 45
                       Metro:  L1, L4 (Urquinaona)
Visits: From Monday to Sunday:  from 10 to 15,30 h. Visits every half hour. Languages Catalan, Castilian and English. Duration of the visit 50 minutes. People accepted, maximum 55 persons. The timing will be changed or cancelled following the events in the concert hall.
Sale of tickets: From Monday to Sunday in the Palau ticket office and in the shop "Les muses del Palau" (Sant Pere més Alt street) from 9,30 to 15 h.
Reserves are not accepted, but the tickets can be purchased up to one week in advance. Up to 25 visitors, the tickets must be paid through bank transfer or credit card, calling the box office
Phone: +(34) 902 442 882, Fax: +(34) 295 72 08), E-mail:
Prices: Individual 8 Euros
           Groups (minimum 25 people) 7 Euros
           Students, pensioners and unemployed 7 Euros (with identification).
           Fundació Orfeó Català-Palau de la Música members  Free entrance (with identification)
           Members of Orfeó Català  Free entrance (with identification).
Timetables, prices and other information may change, please verify it previously.
Handicapped accessibility: The building has a lift to access the outbuildings.
Information: Palau de la Música Catalana
C/ de Sant Francesc de Paula, 2 - 08003 Barcelona
                    Phone: +(34) 902 442 882
                    Fax: +(34) 295 72 08
                    Les Muses del Palau  shop
                    C/ de Sant Pere més Alt, 1 - 08003 Barcelona

Ruta del Modernisme

History and description:
Concert hall designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner and opened in 1908.
This building is the headquarters of "Orfeó Catala", a prestigious institution grounded in the year 1891 by Lluís Millet and Amadeu Vives to support Catalan music and culture. This is the reason why the decoration of building show into the concert hall some representations of the "quatre barres" (four bars, who is the Catalan coat of arms). Because the prosecution of Catalan culture, that symbols had been covered with curtains during the dictatorship of Franco.
Inside the concert hall, all the scene is an sculpture representing in one side the "Ride of Walkiries" and in the other side, the figure of Beethoven, sculpted by Pau Gargallo and Dídac Massana.
On the back of the scene, various high relief's decorated with mosaics was made by Eusebi Arnau and Mario Maragliano respectively (following Permanyer).
The splendid central glass light on the roof was made by Rigalt and Granell.

The façade is made in red brick and decorated with mosaics from Lluís Brú. The beautiful sculpture on the corner façade representing the "Popular music" was made by Miquel Blay.
The UNESCO declared this building a "World Heritage" in the year 1987.

Domènech i Montaner: Palau de la Musica Catalana Façade

Domènech i Montaner: Palau de la Música Catalana Column Domènech i Montaner: Palau de la Música Catalana Lateral façade
Domènech i Montaner: Palau de la Música Catalana Main gate Domènech i Montaner: Palau de la Música Catalana Detail Domènech i Montaner: Palau de la Música Catalana Column capital

Links to other specific webs on "Palau de la Música Catalana"

Palau Música Catalana  The official web of the Palau de la Música Catalana   
Lluís Millet A web with the life of Lluís Millet (the founder - together with Amadeu Vives - of the Orfeó Català)  A web on Art Nouveau music in Catalonia   
Palau de la Música Catalana  A web with a large information on architectural and social aspects of the Palau 
Palau de la Musica Catalana by Lluis Domenech i Montanter  A short description and exterior photos of the Palau 


Bibliography on Palau de la Música Catalana - Orfeó Català

Title of book Author Published by Year
Orfeó Català. Llibre del Centenari Artís, P. i Millet, L.
Arquitectura modernista Bohigas, Oriol Editorial Lumen 1968
El arte modernista catalan Cirici, Alexandre Aymà editor 1951
El Palau de la Música Catalana de Lluís Domènech i Montaner  Domènech i Montaner, Lluís
Photos: Marc Llimargas
Lluís Domènech i Girbau  

 Books on Palau de la Música

Other works of Domènech i Montaner: 
In Barcelona: Fuster House  Lamadrid House  Lleó Morera House  Thomas House  Museum of Zoology  Editorial  Montaner i Simón  Hospital of Sant Pau  Música Catalana Palace  Ramon Montaner Palace
In Canet de Mar:  Ateneu Obrer  Santa Florentina Castle  Domènech i Montaner House  Roure House (Ca la Bianga)
In Olot:  Solà-Morales House
In Reus:  Gasull House  Navàs House  Rull House  Pere Mata Institute 
Out of Catalonia:  Cemetery (Comillas)  "Tres caños" fountain (Comillas)  Universidad Pontifícia (Comillas)