When most mosaic art enthusiasts think of exploring Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia and Park Guell are the first important attractions that come to mind. While both are equally glorious, I think a day tour inside The Palau de la Música Catalana is definitely worth it. Breathtaking to walk around at your own tempo, you’ll be stopping at each mosaic mural for one incredible human fascination and make history come alive again.
Today’s article is a short brief stop at the breathtaking Palace of Catalan Music, maintaining a sense of curiosity and empathy, so you’d still want to go and explore it yourself!
The Palau de la Música Catalana
Making your way through the tedious and slender streets of La Ribera, at the top of EL Born, you might notice the breathtaking of Palace of Catalan Music. Although this Palace is quite notable with its old and new sections, the inside is what is really enthralling. Ornamented with unique intense colors and intricate mosaic art, this Palace provides a magnificent contrast to the other plain buildings surrounding it. It’s also easy to feel why the Catalans are taking pride in this monument and describe it as a depiction of their open-minded and forward-thinking spirit. This palace was designed by the renowned Spanish Catalan architect, Lluís Domènech I Montaner. It was build between 1905 and 1908, as a home for Barcelona’s choir, the Orfeó Catalá.
The Concert hall and The Petit Palau
The biggest and most recognized space in the Palace is the Concert Hall. It’s a 2146 seat venue with a mosaic glass roof, and it’s also the main setting for concerts and recitals. Nevertheless, the Petit Palau is a smaller space with 538 seats and a more modern approach. Built in 2004, with a more contemporary flamboyance, but it doesn’t contain the ornate glamour of the main concert hall. This space was designed for chamber music concerts, with a precise attention to the acoustics of the room.
Mosaic Art Muse
Although the size of the monument makes its mosaic artworks seem small, these are what give the Palace an exquisite outer shell.
Last but not least, as Montaner gave them the most important status, one must not forget to contemplate the ethereal beauty of the Palace’s ceilings and stained glass mosaics which contribute to the overall light and peaceful feeling inside the Palace.
Have you ever been to the Palau de la Música Catalana?
In one word, how would you describe it? Share your thoughts in the comment box below!
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