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Rooftop Music in Barcelona

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Monica Green performing at Batllo House

A visit to Barcelona, Spain this summer is not complete without a visit to Batllo House and its evening music treat on the rooftop. A rotating sequence of artists are performing there every night until Oct. 1, 2017.

This is no ordinary venue, as Batllo House is the amongst the greatest tourist attractions in Barcelona. Batllo is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Exterior of the Gaudi houseExterior of the Gaudi houseIt was designed by the famed architect Antoni Gaudi between 1904 and 1906. The original building was magically transformed into the most unique house anywhere in the world. It is so outlandish that some find it disorienting; surely, a healthy appreciation of surrealism helps to take it all in. Even in 2017 it looks like a science fiction set, so imagine the impact it made more than a century ago!


To the right of the jazz and blues singer Monica Green performing when I was there (the lead photo) one can see a group of graceful chimneys, one of four tiled with the same glazed mosaics as the facade of the house.


I am printing below the direct link to tickets sales. The best option is the combo tour of the house, followed by the 8pm concert, so plan on arriving around 6pm. At 39 euros per person the combo is great way to spend an early evening in Spain's most popular city. The concert is termed "Magic Nights" and includes 2 drinks (no food), so plan on having a good dinner afterwards.


Photos with this article by Dr Cliff Cunningham



Clifford Cunningham

Dr. Clifford Cunningham is a planetary scientist. He earned his PhD in the history of astronomy at the University of Southern Queensland, and has undergraduate degrees in science and ancient history from the University of Waterloo. In 2014 he was named a contributor to Encyclopedia Britannica. He is the author of 14 books on asteroids and the history of science. In 1999 he appeared on the TV show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Asteroid 4276 was named in his honor in 1990 by the International Astronomical Union based on the recommendation of its bureau located at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

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