The modernist small palace of Tenor Viñas in Moià – Barcelona

A visit to the house and its romantic garden


Exclusive modernist house built between 1906 and 1908 on behalf of tenor Viñas in Moià, his hometown.

It has the main house, of 606 m2 built on 4 floors and a curious modernist building of 130 m2 located in its beautiful romantic garden of more than 4,000 m2.

The modernist mansion of the Tenor Viñas is for sale: £ 433.000 – € 490,000

The Main Façade of the Building

After 20 years of triumphs in the world’s best opera houses, tenor Viñas decided to build this property next to his parents’ house, under the town’s large church. Used as a residence by the famous opera singer, it still preserves some of the furniture and decoration of the early and mid-twentieth century.

Entrada principal

The Romantic Garden




The Pigeon House

In the middle of the garden we find a 130 m2 building with modernist details. It is a two-story building with a tower topped by a conical roof. The roofs are covered with glazed tiles. In the ground floor there are different spaces to rehabilitate, used as service rooms (laundry and warehouses) and on the 1st floor, by means of an iron spiral staircase, the terraces and the tower are accessed.




The Tenor Viñas mansion is ideal for a hotel, residence …




Can Viñas” or “Villa Mercedes”, as the Tenor called his house, is a building with modernist influences.

Façanes est i nord

It consists of several floors: a basement, a floor at the level of Richard Wagner Street (with foyer, living room, dining room, office, kitchen, pantry and bathroom), a second floor (with bedrooms, bathrooms and dressing room), an attic floor with rooms and bathroom and, finished by the roof, a lookout tower that acts as a skylight of the staircase, which is accessed by an exterior iron staircase of exclusive design.

Escala torrassa amb esglèsia al fons

Detall teulada

Looking to the east, there are two terraces: a larger one on the ground floor, surrounded by a stone balustrade and the other on the first floor, with an iron railing.


The building preserves most of the original furniture.



It consists of a large foyer, dining room, living room with access to a large terrace, kitchen, study and guest bathroom.


All the photos of the report (except the portraits of Tenor Viñas) are courtesy of C.I.C.-Moià.





In it is the Tenor’s suite, consisting of the bedroom with fireplace and exit to a balcony overlooking the garden, the dressing room and a bathroom. There are also two double bedrooms and a shared bathroom.





It consists of three bedrooms for domestic service, storage room, water tank room and a toilet.




The lower floor has a living room and a large room, both with access to the porch and garden, a wine cellar, a storage room and a toilet. It can also be accessed from the dining room on the main floor via a staircase.




It can be accessed from the dining room or from the kitchen. In its first section the stained-glass windows with coats of arms of the town of Moià and the marble of its steps stand out. The second section is simpler, as it accesses the domestic service floor. The third section culminates in the tower with an access door to the roof.





The hydraulic mosaics that pave the floor of several of the manor’s rooms were made by the company Escofet, a world reference at the time in this type of flooring.

Four of them have been catalogued, the most important for its historical and museum value being the one that covers the floor of the second bedroom on the first floor.



This mosaic is composed of 23 different pieces of 15 cm x 15 cm and according to experts it is the best that has ever been done in this type of floors.

It is a 1900 project by Lluís Domènech i Montaner. It was presented in the Escofet Company catalogue for the Universal Exhibition in Paris.


No. 1017 of catalogue 6 by Escofet, from 1900. Project by Lluis Domenech i Montaner.


No. 373 of catalogue 7 of Escofet, 1913. Project by architect Bonaventura Bassegoda.


No. 1016 from catalogue 6 of Escofet, 1900. Project by the architect Josep Vilaseca.


No. 391 of Catalogue 7 of Escofet, 1913.

Data extracted from the book “L’Art del Mosaic Hidràulic a Catalunya” by Jordi Griset.


Francisco Viñas

Francesc Viñas y Dordal was born in Moià on 27 March 1863 into a very humble family. Encourage by his father José Viñas towards music, he received some lessons from him and from Priest Ramon Busquets, organist of Moià at the time.

At the age of seventeen he enrolled at the Conservatory and studied singing with maestro Gonzalo Tintorer. Thanks to his progress, he obtained a scholarship that allowed him to give up manual work and dedicate himself totally to music.

On July 10, 1887, he was awarded the suitability for the lyrical-dramatic career at the Conservatory of El Liceo, with the qualification of excellent and the silver and bronze medals.

He first performed at the Gran Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona in the spring of 1888, instructed by the maestro Goula. He sang the second act of Lohengrin, with great success. From there he went to Valencia and thus began a brilliant career.

He also performed in the Scala of Milan with Lohengrin. Thanks to the interest of Queen Victoria, he sang Cavalleria Rusticana in London, an opera directed by the author himself, maestro Mascagni. He later performed at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York and in the cities of Boston, Philadelphia, San Louis and Chicago.

In 1895 he sang for the first time at the Teatro Real in Madrid. In Naples he sang before the Emperor William II of Germany. In 1910, he performed at the Colón Theatre in Buenos Aires.

Wagner’s operas stand out from his repertoire: his excellent interpretation earned him the name of “the best Lohengrin in the world”.

Tenor Viñas

On December 31, 1913 Parsifal premiered in Barcelona, being the first theater in the world to perform this work outside Germany.

In 1918 the tenor finished his official performances, after 30 years of operatic successes in Spain, Europe and America, with a brilliant career.

At the beginning of 1933, as part of the festival commemorating the death of Richard Wagner, the Sindicato Musical de Cataluña paid tribute to the tenor Viñas at the Liceo, as the creator of the Wagnerian heroes and the first interpreter of Parsifal in Barcelona, where he had sung in 135 performances.

He died in Barcelona on July 14, 1933.

Text extracted from the “Estudi Històric sobre les cases de Francesc Viñas situades al carrer Richard Wagner de Moià” by Ramon Tarter Fonts – Moià’s Historical Archive.



Moià is a village of 6,000 inhabitants, located in a small valley of the Moianés plateau, surrounded by forests and only 55 km from Barcelona, its port, airport and high-speed train (AVE) station.

At 700 m of altitude, thanks to the extension of forest that occupies and surrounds the plateau, the air of these places is pure and healthy.

An aerodrome and a golf course with excellent views are 2 kilometers from the center of the village.


1h 30 ‘from the ski slopes of the Pyrenees, 1h 30’ from the beaches of the Costa Brava and Costa Daurada and 1h from Girona Airport and Barcelona Airport


The town of Moià emerged in the 10th century in a strategic place, by the road that went from Manresa to Vic. Under the protection of the Castle of Clarà, now in ruins, and growing around the Church of Santa Maria, it already had in its beginnings a county palace and a market. It has been the capital of the Moianès region for more than 1,000 years. In recent times has had a strong population growth due to the high quality of life it provides.

Moià is a village surrounded by streams, crops and forests. Rich in historical and cultural heritage, it has a strong and extensive associative fabric that keeps traditions and folklore alive. A healthy climate and air, an important production of organically grown and raised food, a local commercial fabric and quality services, and a lot of activities for all ages, make Moià and Moianès an ideal place to live or have a second home.



Our thanks to C.I.C.- Moià for his photographs of the Palace.

Here you can see more photos of Moià and the region of Moianès.

All the photos of the report (except the portraits of Tenor Viñas) are courtesy of C.I.C.-Moià.

The Modernist Palace of Tenor Viñas is for sale:

Exclusive modernist house built between 1906 and 1908 on behalf of tenor Viñas in Moià, his hometown.

It has the main house, of 606 m2 built on 4 floors and a curious modernist building of 130 m2 located in its beautiful romantic garden of more than 4,000 m2.

It is an emblematic residential building with the possibility of giving it a variety of uses such as restaurant, hotel, holiday camp, residential, foundation headquarters, housing…

We have a project to make a boutique hotel, together with the adjacent property.

The state of the building’s structure is good, although it needs reforms on the facade and the interior.

£ 433.000
€ 490,000

The price includes furniture.



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