Monday, March 17, 2014

BARCELONA: PALAU DE LA MUSICA CATALANA

The Palau de la Música Catalana is a concert hall built between 1905 and 1908 by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner as a home for the Orfeó Català. The Orfeó Català is a choir which has played a leading part in musical life in Barcelona since 1891.


Palau de la Musica in Barcelona
A closer view of the impressive inverted cupola of Palau de la Música Catalana



The Palau de la Música Catalana is an architectural jewel of Catalan Art Nouveau, which today represents an essential landmark in the cultural and social life of Catalonia. The whole building  corresponds to the Wagnerian idea (characteristic of Catalan Modernism) of the integration of the arts.

The building is designed around a central metal structure covered in glass, which exploits natural light to make the Domènech i Montaner's masterpiece a magical music box which brings together all the decorative arts: painting and sculpture, mosaic, stained glass and ironwork.




Palau de la Música in BarcelonaColumns of the main facade of Palau de la Música Catalana. This building was designed by Domènech i Montaner



Palau de la Musica Catalana
Auditorium of Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona. It also appears the inverted cupola on the ceiling



Palau de la Musica in Barcelona
Organ and Stage of Palau de la Música Catalana


Concert Hall of Palau de la Musica
Stage of Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona


Palau de la Musica in Barcelona
Inverted cupola in the auditorium of Palau de la Música Catalana is one of the most beautiful elements of this modernist building


Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona
In this picture you can see better all the details of the inverted cupola of the Palau de la Música Catalana



Palau de la Musica in Barcelona
Another view of the inverted cupola of Palau de la Música Catalana you can visit in Barcelona



Other modernist decorative element I saw in Palau de la Música Catalana


More fantastic modernist buildings you can visit in Barcelona are:





Besides, near Barcelona you can visit more modernist buildings in La Colònia Güell.



Finally, clicking on the next link you will find links to more beautiful places of Barcelona.

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