August is the best month to visit the Palau de la Música Catalana because besides the interesting guided visits in which expert guides show you this architectural gem, you will also enjoy a mini concert of organ. You will appreciate the great acoustics of this room. Enjoy the music and the beauty hidden in this palace where the stained glass windows filter the light into a multitude of hues. A show that you can’t miss!
What visiting hours includes the miniconcert?
Visits from Tuesday August 2 until Friday 30 September 2016:
- In English at 5 pm and at 6 pm
- In Spanish at 5.30 pm
- In French at 4.30 pm
The Palau de la Música Catalana also extend their hours during the summer so you can visit it early morning, at 9 and 9.30 am.
This Art Nouveau construction is one of the most emblematic and beautiful buildings of the city. Located on the street Sant Pere Mes Alt, in the Ribera district, was designed by renowned architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner, one of the leading representatives of Catalan Modernism. It is a garden of colourful stones, mosaics, crystals and irons that represents the nature in all its facades. A delight for lovers of architecture.
The construction took place between 1905 and 1908 with very advanced solutions in the structure such the application of large glass walls and integration of all the arts, sculpture, mosaic, stained glass and forja. An amazing music auditorium and the house of the “Catalan Orfeón”, founded in 1891 by Lluís Millet and Amadeo Vives. In 1997, UNESCO included the building in its relation of World Heritage.
The Visit to the Palau de la Música:
The guided visit starts in the room of the Orfeó Català, where still today and for more than 100 years, the choir rehearses regularly. Sitting on the stage you will watch an introductory video about its history.
The visit follows the noble staircase adorned with flowers, flags and a single handrail built with materials combining iron with glass and creating an atmosphere that surprise any visitor.
The next stop will be the Lluís Millet Hall where you can’t miss the impressive outdoor balcony and its columns symbolizing a garden of flowers.
Finally, the Concert Hall, where an explosion of different shapes and lighting effects inspire musicians and surprise visitors.
And the best for the end, the musical journey where you will have the opportunity to listen the organ of the Palau. This instrument was financed by Catalan important personalities, companies and music lovers. Each pipe organ was funded by a company or individual. Barcelona Guide Bureau also collaborated with one. The mini concert will evoke immortal melodies of Bach, Mozart, Wagner… (these are the regular guided visits, but remember! Only in August you can combine the visit with a live organ concert at the end).
Outside the building we recommend you to stop in front of the sculpture ‘Carmela’ by Jaume Plensa, 4.5 meters height of a “classical Mediterranean beauty” that is located in a “virtual corner”. The figure seems to change depending on the perspective and the place where the observer is. Try to move in a circle around and you will see the visual effect!