Before the Palau de la Música started to be building, this area was clearly industrial. The construction of this modernistic building change for ever the soul of this neighborhood.
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, it was designed by Lluis Domènech i Montaner, a contemporary of Antoni Gaudí also responsible for the magnificent Hospital San Pablo y de la Santa Cruz. A riot of symbolism, the Palau de la Música Catalana, constructed between 1905 and 1908, is a feast for the senses.In 2003 local architect Oscar Tusquets completed his sensitive extension of El Palau, providing extra rehearsal space, a library, and another, underground auditorium.
It is worth checking their program when in town; concerts range from international orchestras and soloists to jazz and sometimes world music. Tickets for local acts are often very reasonably priced. If not, there are daily tours of the building. Advance purchase for these is recommended.
A wonderful place to spend a Sunday morning listening to wonderful music surrounded by incredible architecture.