Montjuïc Castle, Barcelona

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The views of Barcelona from Montjuïc Castle are expansive. You’ll see all the city's neighborhoods spread beneath your feet. A beacon of history positioned at the top of Montjuïc, the castle was once a military fortress but now acts as a municipal facility. Enjoy the gardens on the castle grounds. A visit to Montjuïc Castle represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Barcelona travel planner to plot your vacation.
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  • This castle is in the Montjuic mountain at an altitude so get ready to have a beautiful view of the city of Barcelona, a view of 360°. I went to ski lift, with a stop to see the gardens, and is a special experience because before we have to take the Funicular in Paral Lel station. Therefore, in addition to the Castle, is familiar with this means of transport
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  • February 29, 1808, a body of Napoleon's imperial troops, commanded by Colonel Floresti, went up to the mountain of Montjuïc to take possession of the Castle. ... In 1842, during the Regency of Espartero, the city of Barcelona was bombarded from this castle to get so submit a revolt. But this castle receives best prominence in the years after the so-called national uprising (Civil War 1936-1939)- and it is precisely in the case of imprisonment and execution of major political and symbolic significance of President Lluís Companys. On August 13, 1940, the Spanish authorities ordered to arrest him in La Baule, in the France occupied by the German army, and from there was taken to the Paris prison of La Santé, from which was handed over to the Francoist Spain. After spending a few days in the General direction of security in Madrid, he was transferred to Barcelona and entered in the Montjuic Castle, where it was kept confined and isolated from other prisoners in the cells of the military priest in the courtyard of the Castle. 3 October started a judicial process that concluded in just ten days, so on October 14, 1940 held a Council of war summary of less than an hour that ended with the death penalty ruling. The facts that are brought against him were opposed to hoist and tolerate the crimes in the rear, in addition to military rebellion. October 15 at six in the morning, he was shot in the moat of Eulàlia. The castle was deeply marked by this crime. This character of military prison stood until 1960, although with a certain decline. At that time it was partially ceded to the city on a visit of general Franco to Barcelona. The central Government followed, however, with the control of the new Board of Trustees, which managed it through the captain general and forced him to build him a military museum, which was to be financed by the City Council. In 1963, settled an equestrian statue of Franco in the center of the parade ground. At the same time, the architect Joaquim Ros de Ramis carried out outstanding reform of the Castle, which is supposed an important transformation of the set, especially the first enclosure, which lost their status as military Collin to be suitable as a military museum and public park. The new project only affected the floor of the courtyard of arms, the Casemates and covers, as well as the ringing of wall and ceilings in order to expose the tiles. The drawbridge was also rebuilt, electric light took to various areas and provided running water to restrooms, as well as various carpentry work. In a second phase of this intervention, were conditioned ships under the wall of sea, which also had to be part of the new equipment. The military museum was inaugurated on June 24, 1963.
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  • Nice trip to get there by cable car. Once up on Montjuïc a nice piece of history. Views are beautiful from the Castle.
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  • More of a fort than a castle but a very pleasant day trip if weather is nice. Walk up is not as scary as some reviews paint it out. Cable car ride is pleasant but most people with normal fitness level would be able to walk it up. If unsure, walk at least down to view the lovely gardens.
  • It's a very nice place with great view of the port of Barcelona and it's cruise ships. You can sit around here for a long time just watching the amazing view of sea. There are old Guns and other interesting stuff around. An awesome place to sit or walk and loose yourself in the beautiful view of the sea.
  • Beautiful views, well kept grounds and smaller crowds. You have to pay to enter but can walk to around the outside for free and enjoy the parks surrounding the castle. Drive or take the gondola to get to the top, the hill is very steep.
  • Fantastic place to visit. Panoramic view of the whole city, harbor and hills. One of the most beautiful places we've seen in Barcelona. And it's really cheap - we've paid only 6€ for 2 people. I recommend to get there using the cable car as the station is just next to the castle.
  • This is an absolutely stunning site to go visit. The fort is right on the seaside and has an amazing view. Plan your trip to Barcelona in tandem with the Museums night and entrance will be free. We were lucky to be there when live music and a little bar was on.

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