If the never-ending pressures of a demanding job and an ultra-busy family life are beginning to wear your nerves thin, then it's time to think about refreshing your mind, body and soul with a few of the finer things in life. A visit to enchanting Barcelona, Spain, will definitely nourish your inner being, and you can relax in a beautiful flood of art, music and culture with a visit to the popular Palau de la Musica Orfeo Catala, which is perfectly situated in downtown Barcelona.
About the Palau de la Musica Orfeo Catala
Otherwise known as the Palace of Catalan Music, it's among the top attractions in Barcelona with some 900,000 people attending musical performances and touring the incredible structure each year. The Palau de la Musica Orfeo Catala was built between 1905 and 1908 by Lluis Domenech i Montaner, who was heralded as an incredibly talented architect. Created in an effort to support the Catalan cultural movement, Montaner utilized a great many craftsmen and artisans to incorporate their own personal touches into this incredible structure. As a result, the building is considered an architectural jewel of Catalonia, and you're sure to be amazed by the many stunning sculptures, ornamental designs and decorative structural elements that have made this wonderful building so famous.
An Exceptional Concert Experience
More than 600 concerts are held each year, and these include the lovely art form of traditional Catalan song, grand symphonies, delightful jazz, incredible classical music and divine opera. Family concerts that are fun for children and adults are also a regular occurrence. Around 2,200 people may be comfortably seated in the concert hall, and it's a beautiful setting among stained-glass walls and magnificent arches. It also has the distinction of being the only auditorium in Europe that is brightly illuminated by natural light during the day thanks to its immense and beautifully crafted skylight. Learn more about upcoming programs and concerts and the easy purchase of tickets so that you can reserve your seat for a wonderful musical event during your stay in Barcelona. These are just a few of the concert experiences that you may expect to enjoy.
- The last three Mozart symphonies
- Handel's Messiah
- The complete Beethoven symphonies
- Verdi's Requiem
Embark on a Delightful Tour
Excellent guided tours of the Palau de la Musica Orfeo Catala are available in the languages of Catalan, Spanish, French, Italian and English, and you should plan for a full hour to enjoy this experience to the fullest. Your tour will begin in the rehearsal hall, and many tour groups are lucky enough to arrive at a time when the choir is busy rehearsing. Whenever this occurs, you'll be allowed to stay and enjoy the music for a bit. You'll next walk along the grand staircase with its wonderful assortment of flowers and Catalan flags until you arrive at the Lluis Millet hall. Here, you'll be immersed into a beautiful tribute to nature thanks to the large balcony with columns that perfectly represent every type of flower in the land. Your last stop will be in the concert hall, and you'll be able to get a close look at the intricately carved figures of 18 young women at the back of the stage. These are popularly known as the muses, and it's said that they inspire greatness in those who perform on this stage. You'll also have a chance to go up to the second floor for a better look at the sensational skylight. During your time in the concert hall, you'll be entertained with some brilliant organ music.
Dining and Shopping
You should plan to enjoy a snack or a meal during your visit as well, and you may choose from the gastronomic restaurant that offers a lovely selection of the freshest seasonal menu items or the cafe for quicker options. You'll also want to be sure to stop by the gift shop before you leave for a fabulous souvenir.
Start Planning Your Barcelona Visit
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