Spain, Barcelona Guide (A): Barcelona's Montjuic Tour

Barcelona's Montjuic Tour
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Rising over the city, Montjuic is a beautiful wooded park that provides splendid views of Barcelona. The park gained notoriety as host of the 1929 World Fair and the 1992 Olympic Games. It is home to many impressive sights, including a prominent collection displayed in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.

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Guide Name: Barcelona's Montjuic Tour
Guide Location: Spain » Barcelona
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (A))
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3.0 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.7 km
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Plaça Espanya   Font Màgica   Palau Nacional   Poble Espanyol   Anella Olímpica   Museum of Sports and Olympics   Castell de Montjuic   Cementiri del Sud-oest  
Author: Benjamin Jennings
Author Bio: Ben’s love for travel started at a young age. By the time his teenage years had arrived, he was already planning around the world trips. His fascination to learn about other cultures drove Ben to spend several years living deep in the jungles of West Africa. Today he calls Barcelona home, where he works as a travel writer and website designer, fulfilling his childhood dreams of being a professional traveler.
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Plaça Espanya

1) Plaça Espanya

Plaça Espanya is one of Barcelona’s most important squares. Until the early 1700’s this site was used for public hangings. When Montjuïc was selected to host the 1929 International Exposition, Plaça Espanya was transformed into what we know today. The central monument, designed by Joseph Amargós, contains fountains and a flame that can best be seen at night. The two large 154 ft tall replicas of the towers of Venice, also built as part of the 1929 International Expo, stand guard over the...
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Font Màgica

2) Font Màgica

Font Màgica was built in 1929 as part of the International Exposition. It was designed by Carles Buigas, an innovator in illuminated fountains. The complex design was called over-ambitious, requiring the work of over 3000 labors during the year leading up to the expo. Finished just in time, the first show took place on May 19th, 1929, only one day before the opening of the International Exposition. The fountain was badly damaged in the late 1930’s during the Spanish Civil War. It did not...
Image by Ivan Serrano under Creative Commons License.
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Palau Nacional

3) Palau Nacional

The Palau Nacional is clearly the icon and centerpiece of Montjuïc. Built between 1926 and 1929, the 350,000 sq foot palace was built as the main exposition hall for the International Exposition of 1929. The building consists of two large wings and a central body that is crowned by a large romances dome. In 1934 the palace became home the Museu d’Art de Catalunya, but was closed two years later due to the Spanish Civil war. It was later reopened in the early 1940’s. Today the Palau Nacional...
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Poble Espanyol

4) Poble Espanyol

Poble Espanyol, is a one of a kind outdoor architectural museum. The 117 buildings and squares are replicas built to represent the unique architecture that makes up the various regions of Spain. It was built as part of the 1929 International Exposition, with a promise that visitors would “get to know Spain in one hour”. Today the Spanish Village hosts a variety of artisan workshops where you can see engraving, weaving and pottery among other crafts. The village also hosts restaurants, cafes...
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Anella Olímpica

5) Anella Olímpica

The Anella Olímpica was the main site of the 1992 Olympic Games. The Olympic Stadium sits at one end of the park. Built in 1929, the 56,000 seat stadium was to host the People’s Olympiad in 1936. However, due to the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War the “anti-fascist” protest to the Berlin Olympic Games was cancelled. The stadium was renovated to host the 1989 World Cup in Athletics and the 1992 Olympic Games. Recently the stadium was host to the 20th European Athletics Championships....
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Museum of Sports and Olympics

6) Museum of Sports and Olympics

The Museum of Sports and Olympics hosts a nice display of information surrounding the history of Athleticism in Spain. It also has a wide variety of collections related to the Olympic Games, and in particular the 1992 Summer Games. Open in the summer (April-September) on Tuesday thru Saturday from 10am until 8pm and on Sundays from 10am until 2:30pm, closed on Mondays. Open in the winter (October-March) on Tuesday thru Saturday from 10am until 6pm and on Sundays from 10 am until 2:30pm, closed...
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Castell de Montjuic

7) Castell de Montjuic

On top of Monjuïc was the site of many fortifications. However, the sole remaining today is Castell de Montjuic. The “castle” was built mainly during the 17th century, with several additions to it made during the 18th century. It was primarily used as a military outpost to protect the harbor below. Later it was also used as a prison and was the site for many notable executions both before and during the Spanish Civil War. The outer walls of the fortification are angular, designed to deflect...
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Cementiri del Sud-oest

8) Cementiri del Sud-oest

The Cemetery of Monjuic, officially called Cementiri del Sud-oest, is a rare splendor for travelers. This above ground cemetery was opened in 1883, while Barcelona was experiencing massive economic and demographic growth. It was part of a new trend focusing on hygiene, which moved burial places away from the city center. It is the final resting place for more than one million people, including many of Barcelona’s wealthiest and most prominent figures. Most of the tombs are family tombs,...

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