Palau de la Musica Catalana, Spain
The Palau de la Musica Catalana (Palace of Catalan Music) was opened in 1908. It was designed by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner for the Orfeó Català and is a great example of Catalan Art Nouveai Architecture. The project was financed by the society and important contributions were made by Barcleona’s wealthy citizens. Between 1982 and 1989 the building underwent restauration work and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
The façade of this venue is adorned with both traditional Spanish and Arab decorative styles, mosaics of composers and a sculpture representing popular Catalan song. Inside The Palau de la Musica Catalana you can see a spectacular stained glass ceiling (which is an engineering miracle of the period it was built in), three dimensional muses that seem to be climbing out of the walls, stained glass windows, tiled mosaics, marble sculptures and a proscenium arch framing the stage, with Valkyries riding across it. The Concert Auditorium can 538 people and is the only European auditorium that is lit up entirely by natural light in the daytime. This venue is truly an Art-Nouveau styled masterpiece.
Nowadays more than half a million people a year attend musical performances, which include chamber music, jazz, symphonic and Cançó (Catalan song).