"Beauty in the oddest of places" Palau de la Musica Catalana Tip by mikey_e

Palau de la Musica Catalana, Barcelona: 51 reviews and 110 photos

  Palau de la Musica Catalana
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I've always thought that the Palau de la Musica Catalana was in the oddest of locations. It's not that the building is in a new area, or that the surrounding structures are all industrial or something, but it just seems that this building is oddly cut off from the rest of the modernist tourist attractions. Perhaps that's what the architects (Domenech i Muntaner) intended when the Palau was built around the turn of the last century. It is, in effect, not intended to be a tourist attraction - even today, when it is used as a conservatory and concert hall. This is apparent if you come towards the building from Via Laietana via the street just north of Sant Pere més alt, as you see the modern extension and the various students lounging about on the not-so-modernist steps on the protected side of the building. Still, the Palau is a spectacular piece of art, nestled among the typically bland buildings of Sant Pere. The building was supposed to be a beacon of nationalist esthetic ideology, which was likely controversial in 1908, when it was finished, but is hardly shocking or surprising nowadays when everything from pornography to candy wrappers fall under the purview of the Generalitat's linguistic policy. Nevertheless, it's probably best to stick to enjoying the artistic beauty of the building's façade - although you will have a bit a challenge to photograph it properly, thanks to the narrow streets and lack of natural light.

Address: C/San Francesc de Paula, 2.
Directions: Metro; Urquinaona.
Phone: +34 932 95 72 00
Website: http://www.palaumusica.cat

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 18, 2008
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