For the past three months, I had the most amazing opportunity to visit places that I couldn’t even imagined of going to. A feeling you cannot explain, it felt surreal, bizarre and wonderful all at the same time. I probably need another post to tell the story of how this trip came to be.
It started with Philippines, now the journey continues to Spain. The sunny city of Barcelona has always been one of the places I dreamed of visiting. One cannot pass up the chance to stroll down the markets, people watch in cafes, enjoy tapas and learn history in one of the city’s cultural institutions. I was there only for a couple of days and I felt it was not long enough, a feeling that does not entail discontentment rather it was one that suggests that Barcelona leaves a special mark in one’s heart.
My day started with a visit to the Palau de la Musica Catalana. It was spontaneous as I was just walking around when I spotted the building.
The Palau is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen. The minute I set foot inside, I was immediately captured by its beauty.
Palau de la Musica Catalana, a masterpiece of Catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner first opened its doors in 1908. The concert hall was designed as a home for Barcelona’s choir, the Orfeo Catala. As you make your way to La Ribeira, you can easily distinguish the Palau amongst other buildings. The façade is adorned with mosaics, glazed tiles and sculptures that would enthrall any passerby.
Palau de la Musica Catalana is one of the structures that represent modernisme or the Catalan art nouveau scene where curves, eclectic shapes and floral motifs are favored over the use of straight lines and static forms.
The concert hall of the Palau seats about 2,200 people. The hall is illuminated with natural light during the day through the stained glass, an inverted dome with shades of blue and gold, which also served as a centerpiece. It was marvelous seeing the play of colors inside the hall.
In addition, the stage is also adorned with sculptures, each depicting a story. The figures of the muses can be found at the side of the stage, each of them are shown playing different musical instruments and are designed with beautiful mosaics. A pipe organ can also be seen above the stage.
It was the perfect start of my European love affair. Europe was a childhood love, I longed to visit and experience what this region has to offer. Barcelona was a beautiful beginning and certainly the Palau is one of its treasures worth getting lost to.