Mountain of Montjuic in Barcelona
Montjuic is a 184 meter hill just south of Barcelona and very near the sea. The name means Mountain of the Jews, because since the eleventh century, it has been home to a Jewish cemetery.
Montjuic has always been a strategic place to defend the city as well as to keep it under control. In 1640 Montjuïc‘s first fortification was built, a quadrilateral construction of earth, stone and clay. In 1694 this was turned into a castle and three towers overlooking both land and sea were built.
In 1715 the moat and more buildings were constructed. In 1799 the castle had 3,000 beds, many kitchens and no less than 120 big guns. It was then that it took on its current appearance. Throughout history, the Montjuic Castle was used to bombard the city as well as to jail and torture and murder political and military prisoners. Today Montjuic Castle houses a Military Museum.
Today the Mountain of Montjuic is closely related to the worlds of sport, culture, nature, entertainment and telecommunications.
On the slopes of Montjuic there is a Botanical Garden, several theaters, the Joan Miró Foundation, the Pueblo Español (a replica of a typical Spanish vlilage), the , the Magic Fountain and the Calatrava Telecommunications Tower.
Following Barcelona’s selection to host the 1992 Olympic Games several facilities were built at Montjuic including the Olympic Stadium, and the Picornell Pools.
You can get to Montjuic by foot, by bus from the Plaza de España, by cable car from the port to Montjuic Castle or on the Funicular. Montjuic as a viewing area that offers some of the best views of Barcelona.
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