Castell de Montjuic, Barcelona

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    Fortress of Montjuic

    by Oleg_D. Written May 27, 2014

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    Fortress of Montjuic was built in XVIIth century and rebuilt in XVIII on the flat top of the hill with the same name. The fortress and 184 meters high hill are overlooking the city and harbor of Barcelona. That’s why Montjuic always was the key element of city defense. Today this is the museum under open air and recreational zone with excellent views at the city and harbor of Barcelona.
    From 1 October to 31 March:
    Open Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 hrs.
    From 1 April to 30 September:
    Open Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 20:00 hrs.

    General Admission: € 5

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    Outer bastions

    by Oleg_D. Written May 27, 2014

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    Since fortress of Montjuic was constructed in XVII-XVIII centuries its design was based on the best ideas of famous military engineers such as Sebastian Vauban. That means the citadel was surrounded by the bastions with the angled walls capable to rebound cannon balls. Bastions were drowned into moats escarps and counterscarps so that make its walls have target for enemy artillery and impregnable for attacking enemy infantry. We can definitely consider outer bastions of Montjuic as the masterpieces of fortification on XVII-XVIII centuries.
    From 1 October to 31 March:
    Open Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 hrs.
    From 1 April to 30 September:
    Open Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 20:00 hrs.

    General Admission: € 5

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    Citadel

    by Oleg_D. Written May 27, 2014

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    Citadel where were situated barracks, depots and cells of the prison was built in XVIIth and finally reconstructed in XVIII century. In the center you can see the parade ground used for the guard mounts, drills and ceremonies. Time to time this parade ground was used for the executions. Last one took place in 1940 when Catalan nationalist Lluis Companys i Jover extradited but Nazis from occupied France met firing squad shouting “Long live Catalonia!” Several years ago here used to be billeted excellent military museum telling the story about Spanish Armed Forces since middle ages till nowadays. Unfortunately several years ago this museum has been disbanded. Arms and armors taken on loan from Mares Museum were returned back all other collections were transferred to Girona. In the galleries of citadel now you can see the exhibitions dedicated to the history and construction of Montjuic. Unfortunately these exhibitions cannot replace that, let me say, destroyed military museum.
    From 1 October to 31 March:
    Open Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 hrs.
    From 1 April to 30 September:
    Open Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 20:00 hrs.

    General Admission: € 5

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    Artillery

    by Oleg_D. Written May 27, 2014

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    Although military museum in the fortress of Montjuic doesn’t exist anymore, however its guns still stand guard at their places. I’m no expert in Spanish coast guard artillery but even amateur can see and conclude that fortress had heavy and long range anti-ship artillery capable to fight against the battleships and heavy cruisers. I haven’t made any measurements but we can see that the calibers of main guns vary from 152 mm.(six inches) up to 305 mm. (twelve inches). These guns are the subject of interest for any person interesting in military history.
    From 1 October to 31 March:
    Open Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 hrs.
    From 1 April to 30 September:
    Open Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 20:00 hrs.

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    Views at Mediterranean Sea

    by Oleg_D. Written May 27, 2014

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    When you look from the fortress of Montjuic at Mediterranean Sea you immediately realize that its artillery controls all approaches from the sea. Otherwise any kind of seaborne operation and landing are impossible until the fortress of Montjuic exists and unsuppressed. Although fortress lost its military role by the mid of XX century it still remain very attractive tourist destination of Barcelona with excellent views at the shore line and sea.
    From 1 October to 31 March:
    Open Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 hrs.
    From 1 April to 30 September:
    Open Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 20:00 hrs.
    General Admission: € 5

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    Views at Barcelona

    by Oleg_D. Written May 26, 2014

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    From the first glance at Barcelona from the bastions of Montjuic you realize that this fortress was the key to this city. Otherwise he, who controls this fortress, controls the city because any part of or target in Barcelona is within the range of artillery. Today fortress lost its military role and became the museum with excellent views at the city and its architectural masterpieces.
    From 1 October to 31 March:
    Open Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 hrs.
    From 1 April to 30 September:
    Open Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 20:00 hrs.
    General Admission: € 5

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    Montjuic Castle

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 6, 2011

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    This is a very nice and large castle at a high point of the hill. It overlooks a lot of the city and harbor, and has some of the best views. The castle was a defense point from 1640, and a lot of that time was to control the locals from riots. Franco used it as a prison during his era in early 1920's til death in 1970's. Entry is free, and they claim to have a small military museum inside, but none to be found on the day we were there. They did have a temporary exhibit of art works form the Revolution period of Spain.
    It is open daily 10-7PM every day

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    Castell de Montjuic

    by smirnofforiginal Written May 6, 2010

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    My advice is to not follow my example and walk up Monjuic to get to the castle... it is MUCH further than I thought. My children were practically on their hands and knees by the time we made it up there... as the tour buses 'sailed' past us!

    The castle has always been used to watch over the city.
    It was also a political prison and apparently killing ground.

    Wauh - it is a long way up and some of the drops made my palms sweat!

    Lots of canons and old weapons scattered around the seaward walls. Lovely views.

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    Castell de Montjuic

    by pure1942 Written Feb 28, 2008

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    The 18th century castle at the summit of Montjuic may, at frist glance, seem a bit dissapointing but is worth exploring further, if for nothing more than the amazing views over Barcelona. A castle has existed on the site since 1640 but was destroyed by Felipe V in 1705.
    The current castle was built for the Bourbon Family and now houses a military and castle museum.

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    Castell de Montjuic/ Museu Militar

    by Joacim Written Dec 20, 2007

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    Montjuic is a medeavel catalan word with the meaning of "The hiss of the jews".

    The first fortification on Monjuic is dated to 1022 and had a lot of different makeovers until 1751 when Juan Martín Cermeño had the fortress as it is today built. The fortress has been used more against the people of Barcelona during the years than it has protected them and is one of the least popular places in the city from what i represents.

    In 1842, for example, the garrison (loyal to the Madrid government) shelled parts of the city following disturbances. It served as a prison, often holding political prisoners, until the time of General Franco. The castle was the site of numerous executions. In 1897 an incident popularly known as Els processos de Montjuïc prompted the execution of anarchist supporters, which in turn lead to a severe repression of the workers' struggle for their rights. On different occasions during the Spanish Civil War, both Nationalists and Republicans were executed there, each at the time when the site was held by their opponents. The Catalan nationalist leader Lluís Companys i Jover was also executed there in 1940, having been extradited to the Franco government by the Nazis.

    Today the fortress is a military museum, showing a lot of weapons, uniforms, etc. Even if you don't like things of war, get up there and enjoy the view, which is spectacular!

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    Castell de Montjuic

    by atufft Written May 27, 2007

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    The strategic location of Montjuic make the mountain a traditional place for fortifications, certainly since medieval times. The current fortress and its moat dates back to the 18th century, and although WWII era artillery can be found in some places, the defensive role of Montjuic has been obsolete since Franco died. Franco used the fortress as a place of interrogation and punishment, and since Barcelona was the last bastion of Republican resistance, the Catalans have mixed feelings about the place. There is a museum of military weapons worth a quick visit though. Mostly, Montjuic provides a great place to jog and find good views of the city and the Mediterranean.

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