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Discover one of Barcelona’s most impressive architectural feats on this 1-hour tour of Palau de la Música Catalana. Skipping the lines, head directly inside this UNESCO-listed Art Nouveau icon with an expert guide to tour its lavish interior. Learn about the building’s rich history as well as 20th-century society through a fascinating audio-visual clip, then ascend the grand staircases, marveling at the striking glass balusters and ornate detailing. Soak up the natural light in the Lluís Millet Hall before entering the Concert Hall, a lavishly decorated auditorium crowned by an eye-catching skylight.
15-minute audio-visual clip
Food and drinks
C/ Palau de la Música, 4-6, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Palace of Catalan Music, Barcelona, Spain Choose the departure time most convenient for you, then meet your guide at the Palau de la Música Catalana in La Ribera. One of the most popular concert halls in Barcelona, the UNESCO-listed Palau de la Música Catalana is a masterpiece of Art Nouveau architecture.
Head directly inside with your skip-the-line ticket, and begin your guided tour in the Rehearsal Hall of the Orfeó Catala. Learn how the foundation stone was laid here in 1905, and watch a 15-minute clip about the building’s history as well as society in the early 20th century.
Next, feast your eyes on the elaborate staircases that lead up to the second floor. Study the lavish tiling that covers the underside, then peer through the unusual glass balusters that support the marble banisters as you ascend the stairs.
Find yourself bathed in light as you enter the Lluís Millet Hall, which features floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the balcony colonnade of the main façade. Gaze out at the pillars that are decorated with intricate mosaics depicting flowers in a tribute to nature.
Your final stop is the Concert Hall. Be overcome with awe as you step into this magnificent hall. Look around you at the massive panes of stained glass that are set in arches along the walls, then turn your attention to the room’s centerpiece: a large skylight in the shape of an inverted dome.
As you tour the auditorium with your guide, learn about the Catalan architects responsible for the décor, including Eusebi Arnau, Pau Gargallo, Lluís Bru and Antoni Rigalt.
After around an hour, your tour concludes near the Palau de la Música Catalana’s exit.
Photos provided by Matteo Vecchi.
Service animals allowed
Public transportation options are available nearby
All areas and surfaces are wheelchair accessible
Suitable for all physical fitness levels
Continuous ventilation of spaces, leaving doors open (except firewalls) for facilitate air renewal and to touch the handles as little as possible. Placing informative posters on hygienic measures. Ozone-type disinfection machines. Sanitizing mats at the entrances to the Palau to disinfect shoes.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
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23 Apr 2023
Fantastic tour of one of the most beautiful music halls ever! I highly recommend this as a must-see in Barcelona!!
23 Apr 2023
I liked the beautiful stained glass windows. It was nice to have the meaning of the sculptures explained.
21 Apr 2023
We did a self guided walk of Modernist gems of Barcelona.
We finished at the Palace of Catalan Music where we had organised to join an English speaking guided tour. We are not massive fans of choral, chamber, symphonic or classical music for which the internal Palace is famous. But the building itself is widely regarded as a masterpiece of Catalan architecture, a majestic example of the Modernist style and a magnificent end to our day. The architecture throughout is to die for!
Built in 1908 by Lluis Domenech i Montaner, the outside is currently undergoing refurbishment work and is partly covered with scaffolding and plastic shielding but you can still admire some of the mosaic covered columns.
Internally much of the work is on a floral theme. Roses, lilies and other beautiful flowers climb up pillars, trail across the stained glass windows and cover the ceilings. The Modernist style abounds and the auditorium is the central masterpiece.
Viewed from the upper floor, celestial stained glass windows surround the organ below which behind the stage you can see muse-like figures with mosaic tile bodies and terracotta statues for heads.
On either side of the stage are marble sculptures. On the right hand side Richard Wagner's Valkyries ride over a bust of Beethoven whilst on the left a tree of traditional song provides leafy shade to Anselm Clave, a Catalan composer.
Finally look up and you see the piece de resistance, the absolute gem that is the blue and gold stained glass skylight encircled by forty women's heads to represent the heavenly choir.
What an ending to our exploration into Modernist architecture!
If you want to read more about our walk check out amidlifeadventure.org
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