Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Barcelona 5. Palau de la Musica Catalan

Now this one was a surprise and thrill. A beautiful place reminiscent, to me of Mucha decorated Municipal House in Prague 
Mucha Art Nouvea artist was 'discovered' when in 1894, he happened to go into a print shop where there was a sudden and unexpected need for a new advertising poster for a play featuring Sarah Bernhardt.
Inside Municipal House Prague 
The Palau de la Música Catalana is a concert hall in Barcelona. Designed in the Catalan modernista style by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, it was built between 1905 and 1908 for the Orfeó  Catala,  a choral society founded in 1891 that was a leading force in the Catalan cultural movement that came to be known as the Renaixenca (Catalan Rebirth)
It took only 3 years to build, and in 1997, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site 
The amazing central glass light on the roof was made by Rigalt and Granell.  (Saw this on the screen for a few minutes in  film "Mirror Mirror:" an otherwise unmemorable film) 
The façade is made in red brick and decorated with mosaics from Lluís Bru.
Themes are of nature so flowers and trees. 

The Palau is located on a cramped street, the Carrer de Sant Francesc de Paula, in the section of old Barcelona known as La Ribera. It stands out there not only because it is such an exuberant building but also because the buildings that surround it are rather dull. Most of the other prominent modernista buildings, those designed by Gaudi , for example, are located in the chic 19-century extension of the city known as the Eixample
in a narrow street. Hard to get a total view 
The stage and side murals 
A ticket window 
the amazing light well 

view from balcomy

as the Guide said The 'busy patron'  St George 

Side pillar in the Foyer. the exterior is surrounded by a clear wall 

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