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Palau de La Música Catalana, Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain, Europe: Palau de la Musica Catalana
2 Carrer de Sant Francesc de Paula
Spain 08003
Tel: 34 90 244 2882
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Architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner's masterpiece, the Palau de la Música, was built between 1905 and 1908 in El Born. Montaner was fascinated by small birds and flowers, an obsession that can be traced in the intricate, colorful mosaic work commissioned from Lluís Bru. Within, forests of lushly decorated columns unfold like flower petals to reveal detailed sculptures and dramas set in stone. Each is more opulent than the last: A choir of stone maidens rings the domed ceiling, and Wagner's wild horses gallop out from backstage, while a bust of Beethoven looks on. In 1997, the building was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it remains one of the finest concert halls in the world. If you can't get to a performance, tours are held from 9 am to 3:30 pm daily. Tickets are available at the box office.—Updated by Suzanne Wales

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