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El Palau de la Música Catalana (The Catalan Music Palace), Catalan Modernisme in its purest form

El Palau De La Música Catalana (The Catalan Music Palace), Catalan Modernisme In Its Purest Form

The Palau de la Música Catalana is an auditorium located in the neighbourhood of Sant Pere (Sant Pere, Santa Caterina and la Ribera) in Barcelona.

It was designed by the local architect, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, one of the most renowned architects of the Catalan Modernisme movement. Construction was carried out between 1905 and 1908, using the latest structural methods that were available at the time, such as new laminated profiles, a central metal structure stabilised by a Gothic-inspired system of buttresses and arches, and the application of large glass walls, along with the full use of all the applied arts: sculpture, mosaic, stained glass and wrought ironwork.

The building was commissioned to be the headquarters of the Orfeó Català, the Catalan choral society, founded in 1891 by Lluís Millet and Amadeu Vives. It was financed by wealthy Catalan industrialists and the bourgeoisie, intellectuals and music lovers, who sixty years earlier had already financed the opera and ballet house, Gran Teatre del Liceu. The auditorium was built to house all kinds of musical concerts from choirs to orchestras and solo artists. Today, it continues to fulfil its functions, both as a classical and modern music venue. In 1997 it was declared a UNESCO world heritage site.

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