Things to do in Barcelona – Visit the Palau de la Música Catalana

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The Palau de la Música Catalana is – without a doubt – one of Barcelona’s most impressive architectural treasures, and it’s a site we highly recommend visiting, even if you just walk by to see the exterior.

Designed by Modernista architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, – and listed jointly with Hospital de Sant Pau as a UNESCO World Heritage Site this 20th-century ‘palace of Catalan music’ is home to l’Orfeó Català—the city’s symphonic choir. 

Mosaics Palau de la Musica Barcelona

Constructed around a steel frame, the building features a striking exterior decorated with vibrant mosaics (notice the original mushroom-shaped ticket windows near the front entrance); arches and columns; and – protruding from the corner of the building – a massive allegorical sculpture of Saint George and La Cançó (Song), created by sculptor Miquel Blay

Entrance Palau de la Musica Barcelona

The equally impressive interior rooms – decorated with a plethora of mosaics and glazed tiles, statues and reliefs, balconies with glass balusters, and interesting metal light fixtures – consist of:

Rehearsal Hall Palau de la Musica Barcelona

The Sala d’Assaig de l’Orfeó Català – situated below the main stage, this small rehearsal hall of the Orfeó Català features a geometrical wooden ceiling, stout columns, and – embedded in the floor of the ‘stage’ – the building’s foundation stone, laid in 1905.

Cafe Foyer Palau de la Musica Barcelona

The Foyer – this open space houses the cafe-restaurant and features stained-glass windows, white vaulted ceilings, and thick brick columns trimmed with green tiles and ceramic flowers. 

Stairway Palau de la Musica Barcelona

Topaz Glass Balusters Palau de la Musica Barcelona

A grand marble staircase with topaz-colored glass balusters leads up to:

Lluis Millet Hall Palau de la Musica Barcelona

The Lluís Millet Hall – this side room dedicated to the founder of the Orfeó Català, is decorated with paintings by Catalan artist Joan Brull i Vinyoles, and several bronze sculptures of Spanish composers such as Lluis Millet i Pages  by Joan Matamala i Floats, Eduard Toldra by Jose Manuel Benedicto, and  Xavier Montsalvatge by Manolo Hugué.

Mosaic Columns Palau de la Musica Barcelona

Beautiful stained glass windows and doors lead out to the double colonnaded balcony, offering a close-up look at the green glass balusters and the floral-mosaic-covered columns and walls.

Concert Auditorium Palau de la Musica Barcelona

And the Concert Auditorium – this virtual ‘music box’ is an amazing example of Art Nouveau design. Here you’ll see:

Organ and Reliefs on Main Stage Palau de la Musica Barcelona

The massive 3000-pipe, German-made organ, below which is the main stage,

Reliefs of Muses on Stage Palau de la Musica Barcelona

with a beautiful backdrop of mosaics depicting the muses in international dress (note the Spanish flamenco dancer) and 

Main Stage Palau de la Musica Barcelona

Flamboyant sculptural works framing the stage, which include busts of composers Anselm Clavé and Beethoven, and horses representing Wagner’s The Valkyrie (Die Walküre);

Stained Glass Skylight Palau de la Musica Barcelona

Arches and ceilings decorated with ceramic flowers and glazed tile mosaics, and a stunning skylight – created from thousands of colored glass pieces and weighing over 2000 pounds – depicting a dripping burst of sunshine surrounded by the ladies of the 19th century choir.

Carmela by Jaume Plensa Palau de la Musica Barcelona

Outside, near the front entrance, you’ll see the giant cast-iron sculpture of Carmela created by Jaume Plensa in 2015.

Getting there:

The Palau de la Música is located at c/ Palau de la Música, 4-6. 

Ticket info:

Guided tour = 18.00€

Travel tip:  The Palau de la Musica offers a variety of tour options, so be sure to check their website for more information. 

Note:  Due to performance/event schedules, some areas included in the tour may not be accessible on the day of your visit. 

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  1. It’s amazing how few visitors to Barcelona don’t know about Lluis Domenéch i Montaner.

    So, if you’re visiting Barcelona, please make sure The Palau de la Música Catalana is on your to-do list. When we first laid eyes on it, we were mesmerised by its beauty and colour. It’s so good we’ve visited on twice, on different visits to Barcelona.

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