Visitors to Barcelona are familiar with the well-known buildings designed by famed architect Antonio Gaudí, such as the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Casa Batlló, and Casa Mila (La Pedrera).
While Gaudí may be the best known of the architects that came out of the Modernisme movement that took place in Barcelona in the late 1800s/early 1900s, the architect that is considered to be the inspiration and founder of the Catalán Art Nouveau movement is Lluis Domènech i Montaner (1849-1923). His Palau de la Música Catalana, inaugurated in 1908, is considered one of the architectural icons built during this period, and is a must-see for visitors to Barcelona.
The Palau de la Música Catalana is tucked away down a narrow, winding street that is typical in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. The stunning building, with its Moorish-style façade stands out from the other buildings that surround it. The Palau’s mosaics, columns, colors and sculptures certainly make it stand out, and that’s just the exterior of the building. Once you step inside you will see the majesty of the stained glass, ironwork, mosaics and other decorative elements used by Domènech i Montaner to create a building that exemplifies the Catalán Art Nouveau style. It is the only concert venue in this style to be designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Be sure to include the Palau de la Música Catalana on your list of sites to see in Barcelona. Guided tours of the Palau are offered daily, generally from 10:00am – 3:30pm, but times may vary on holidays and during the summer. Since the Palau is a working concert hall, you may even want to consider attending a concert there, to fully appreciate its grandeur. For more information and to purchase advance tickets for the guided tour, click here.
Book a private tour! You may want to consider booking a private tour with an English-speaking guide. Your personal guide can provide you with information on the city and its historic sites. For more information on our Gaudí tour, click here, and for information on all of our Barcelona tours, click here.
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