Castell de Montjuïc

Camí del Mar, 08038, Barcelona, Spain Camí del Mar, 08038, Barcelona, Spain
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Castell de Montjuïc. Barcelona, Spain

The forbidding Castell (castle or fort) de Montjuïc dominates the southeastern heights of Montjuïc and enjoys commanding views over the Mediterranean. It dates, in its present form, to the late 17th and 18th centuries. For most of its dark history, it has been used to watch over the city and as a political prison and killing ground. Anarchists were executed here around the end of the 19th century, fascists during the civil war and Republicans after it – most notoriously Lluís Companys in 1940. The castle is surrounded by a network of ditches and walls (from which its strategic position over the city and port become clear). Until 2009, the castle was home to a somewhat fusty old military museum, closed since the Ministry of Defence handed the fortress over to the city after protracted negotiations. The artillery that once stood in the central courtyard has been removed, but some of the seaward big guns remain in place.

adult/senior & student €3/1.50
9am-9pm Tue-Sun Apr-Sep, 9am-7pm Tue-Sun Oct-Mar

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