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Palau de la Musica Catalana

Built between 1905 and 1908 by Domenech i Montaner, this building has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Representing a high point of the modernista architecture, itdemostrates that Gaudi had no monopoly on fanciful architecture. Commissioned by the Orfeo Catala choral society, the building symbolized a reawakening in Catalan nationalism. From the outside the building is almost too rich in detail and is difficult to appreciate in its cramped location. Indeed many critical voices opined it was so gaudy that only the wrecking ball could remedy the situation. Thankfully, no one paid any heed. The climax of the building is in the sculpture that bulges from the corner, as if leaning over a balcony. It is a modernista allegory for popular song: a nymph surrounded by the representative of the people.


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