Spain, Barcelona Guide (B): A Symbol of Catalan Pride, the Palau de la Musica

A Symbol of Catalan Pride, the Palau de la Musica
Slightly more than a century ago, the pride of Catalonia already echoed loud and clear, carried by the Catalan Modernist architectural movement and the Renaixença cultural movement. The Palau de la Música in the gothic Barcelona is the communion of these influences. The most representative examples of this Catalan pride, it is one of the most beautiful concert halls in the world.

At the end of the 19th century, the economic boom of Catalonia pushed its elite to look for a rebirth to express the Catalan pride. This lead to the Renaixença cultural movement and the Modernist architectural movement that merged in the Palau de la Musica. One of the most eminent representatives of the Renaixença was the Orfeò Català, a renowned choral society that owned a small lot at the edge of the gothic quarter of Barcelona. The prominent and local architect Domènech i Montaner was commissioned to erect a concert hall on that lot. Beyond the challenge of building such a venue in an intricate location while the city was expanding in El Eixample modern district where most Art Nouveau projects were created, budget was a major concern. Funded by popular subscription, with the support of the bourgeoisie and a few industrials, Domènech i Montaner had to be sparing: he built the palace of the Catalan music in only three years, between 1905 and 1908, with the usage of cheap and locally-sourced materials.

The façade of the Palau de la Musica Catalana, Barcelona

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Guide Name: A Symbol of Catalan Pride, the Palau de la Musica
Guide Location: Spain » Barcelona
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Palau de la Musica  
Author: Marcella Van Alphen
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