Palau de la Musica Catalana (Palace of Catalan Music)#11 in Best Things To Do in Barcelona
Barcelona's Palau de la Música Catalana is considered to be a masterpiece of Catalan art nouveau. Built by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the palace earned the title of a UNESCO World Heritage site for its striking architectural features. Outside, make sure to snap a few photos of the intricate mosaic pillars and the busts nestled atop some of them, which depict famous musicians such as Bach and Beethoven. The interior of the palace is even more of an eyeful, complete with mosaic pillars and intricate sculpture work of its own as well as stained glass windows and beautiful motifs of flowers spread throughout. And you won't be able to miss the massive stained glass central skylight — it protrudes from the ceiling, treating the concert auditorium to plenty of natural light. Aesthetics aside, the Palace of Catalan Music is a hub for symphonic and choral music and of course, Catalan musical arts. It also acts as a concert venue for local, national and international acts.
Travelers agree with the experts: the Palace of Catalan Music is an architectural marvel. Visitors thoroughly enjoyed admiring the many intricate details found throughout the music venue, saying even if you can't get tickets to a show, it's worth a visit just to see its magnificence in person. Others highly recommend holding out for a show. Some weren't crazy about the admission price or that you had to be on a tour to be able to see the venue. Those who did attend a show said the experience of hearing such great music in such a beautiful venue was next to magical, and the only way to experience this attraction properly.
You can find the Palace of Catalan Music in central Barcelona. The closest metro stop is Urquinaona. Guided tours are offered daily for 18 euros (about $21). If you book up to 21 days in advance online, you get a discounted rate of 14.40 euros (around $16.50). Children 10 and younger are admitted for free. Tours take place every 30 minutes and last 55 minutes. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. but there are different hours for July, August and Easter. For more information, check out the Palace of Catalan Music's website.
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