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Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona
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Type of site: Cultural
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Date of Inscription: 1997
Location: Europe, Spain, Province of Barcelona, Autonomous Community of Catalonia
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Description: These are two of Catalan art nouveau architect’s Lluís Domènech i Montaner’s finest contributions to Barcelona's architecture. Filled with light and space the exuberant steel-framed structure of the Palau de la Música Catalana, was decorated by several of the period’s leading designers. The Hospital de Sant Pau is just as bold in its design as it is in its decoration, while also flawlessly tailored to the needs of the sick. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The Palau de la Música Catalana (Palace of Catalan Music) is a concert hall designed in the Catalan modernisme style by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. It was built in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, between 1905 and 1908 for the Orfeó Català, a choral society founded in 1891 that was a leading force in the Catalan cultural and political independence movement that came to be known as the Renaixença (Catalan Rebirth) (Benton 1986, 56; Fahr-Becker 2004, 199). The project was financed primarily by the society, but important financial contributions also were made by Barcelona's wealthy industrialists and bourgeoisie. The Palau won the architect an award from the Barcelona City Council in 1909, given to the best building built during the previous year. Between 1982 and 1989, the building underwent extensive restoration, remodeling, and extension under the direction of architects Oscar Tusquets and Carles Díaz (Carandell et al. 2006, 138). In 1997, the Palau de la Música Catalana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Hospital de Sant Pau. Today, more than half a million people a year attend musical performances in the Palau that range from symphonic and chamber music to jazz and Canço (Catalan song). --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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