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Barcelona primer

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My top recommendation to people going to Barcelona is to visit the Palau de la Música Català since it doesn’t get enough love. Antoni Gaudí was great, but after living in BCN for a while, I actually grew to like the work of his Modernisme contemporary Lluís Domènech i Montaner better and the Palau is his most impressive work.

The downside is that it’s owned by a private foundation so the only way to see inside it is to take their tour. Despite what the website says, there isn’t an English tour guide available for all the advertised times, so I stress that you need to get there early and sign up for whatever English slot they have. If you’re a brave soul, sign up for whatever time is available as just looking at all the details (like blown glass on the bannisters) will be enough.

My favorite part, the stained glass sun ceiling.

My favorite part, the stained glass sun ceiling.

You also can’t take photos inside since the foundation owns the copyright on all images, but Rob Whitworth somehow managed to get in and included many shots in this great Barcelona video. The Palau part starts at 48 seconds in.

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Barcelona GO! from Rob Whitworth on Vimeo.

Author: le cul en rows

I'm an American Spaniard, living in France. I like to tell stories.

2 thoughts on “Barcelona primer

  1. We’re headed back to Barcelona in September, and while we have some plans in place, which is going to Montserrat for half a day if the weather is sunny enough, but I’m filing this under things to do the rest of the time we’re there. It’s so beautiful–no wonder they want to keep all photos to themselves.

    That video is fantastic–I had stumbled across it a few days ago myself.

    • Oooh, I will have to dig up my pics of Montserrat! Thanks for the reminder!

      And the video is deserving of making the rounds as it’s a real feat. All the technical stuff at the bottom was lost on me but I know enough to know that it was ¡muy impresionante!

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