Among the narrow streets that characterize La Ribera district in Barcelona, Spain, you can stumble across a very articulated facade and realise you are in front of Palau de la Musica Catalana, a concert hall that is an icon of Modernist architecture.
But if you think Antoni Gaudì is the only Modernist architect who made Barcelona at the beginning of the 20th century then you should even know Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the architect who designed Palau de la Musica Catalana.
The building is a beautiful heritage from the Modernism period in which curvy and elaborated shapes are preferred, rich decorations and ornaments such as floral and organic motifs are abundantly used in both the exterior and interior surfaces. You could spend days in the attempt of admiring every single decorative motif.
The concert hall is the absolute masterpiece of Montaner and it is the only auditorium in Europe that is entirely illuminated by natural light during the daylight hours.
As you can see the amount of decorations in the concert hall is so overwhelming that it is hard to focus on a single element even though the blue and gold stained glass and shimmering skylight is the absolute protagonist of the scene and with all that richness in details and radiant colours you’ll find that it’s quite hard to keep your eyes away from it.
Even all the bright coloured mosaics, which are made by ceramic tiles called trencadis (the same used in the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia), are definitely worth a close-up look even though they cover the majority of the interior surface and take even a moment to admire the floral capitals on top of the columns and the sculpture clusters that enrich the interior decorations of Palau de la Musica Catalana.
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The guided tour is absolutely recommended, the building is way more impressive on the inside and the concert hall is a must-see if you are in Barcelona so check out the official website to know more.