Museu Castell de Montjuïc & Museu Militar, Barcelona
The castle of Monjuic was built in the middle of 17th century. In the 19th and 20th centuries it was used as a prison - at first for anarchists, and later, at fascism times - for political prisoners. Don't expect here to see a medieval looking castle; it is more like a fort.
Place is 170 meters high, so it is possible to enjoy nice panorama of Barcelona. One side overlooks industrial port of city, another - historical part of city and Port Vell.
I headed down Las Ramblas to the port area then up through the park land towards the castle. There is a cable car up to the peak. A single journey cost 5.50 Euro and a return costing around 7 Euro
From the peak, you get great views over the city and port area. There are plenty of paths around the castle and back down in to the city. There is also a small outside café with a good selection of snacks and drinks at a reasonable price.
For 3 euros, you can enter the castle itself. The original castle was build in 1640 during the war of Segadors but was expanded between 1751 and 1779. The castle now houses a military museum which contains a good collection of guns, swords and uniforms with some heavy artillery outside in the courtyard. The best feature, however are the views from the top!
Combine a visit to Monjuic with a look around the Olympic area and Poble Espanyol. This should take an entire day.
The Military Museum is inside the castle. There are weapons and military artifacs on display from a variety of historical periods and some different countries. There are some interesting sections with soldiers in miniature, scale models and flags. One of them show the different flag proposals presented to the design competition organized to choose a flag of Spain by the King Charles III (1759-1788). Our current flag comes from this contest.
El Museo Militar está dentro del castillo. En exposición hay armas y artefactos militares de una gran variedad de épocas históricas y de algunos países. Hay algunas secciones interesantes con soldados en miniatura, maquetas y banderas. Una de ellas muestra las diferentes propuestas de banderas para España en un concurso realizado por el Rey Carlos III (1759-1788), de donde surgió nuestra bandera actual.
Visiting hours / Horarios de visita
Tuesdays to Sundays / Martes a domingos: 10:00 - 19:00
Montjuic, or Hill of the Jews, is one of the Barcelona mountains. I like a lot this place, both for the view and for its interesting buildings and installations. There is a castle on top which largely dates from the 17th century, with 18th century additions. It served as a prison and its patio was the site of numerous executions. It is star shaped, with bastions and moats. The fortress was the main defense for the city and, sometimes, against it. There are some cannons at their original place.
Montjuic, o Monte de los Judíos, es una de las montañas de Barcelona. Me gusta este lugar, tanto por las vistas como por sus interesantes edificios e instalaciones. Hay un castillo en lo alto que procede principalmente del siglo XVII, con algunas adiciones del XVIII. Sirvió como prisión y su patio fue lugar de numerosas ejecuciones. Tiene forma de estrella, con bastiones y fosos. La fortaleza era la principal defensa para la ciudad y, a veces, también contra ella. Hay algunos cañones en sus lugares originales.
The view of the city from the top of the Montjuic hill is beatifull. The day I wnet up there was lot of wind and rain so I didn't got that beatifull view. But it is worthy to go up. U can use the tram and then a bus to get there. Walk inside the castle to find more about the history of th city.
As this is one of the oldest parts of Barcelona and is so high, it is traditionally the place from which control of the city was exercised - sort of like the old game when I was a kid - "King of the Hill." It has a rather colorful history. Some of the early inhabitants, the Laietani, were an agricultural folk who collected oysters but I know little else about them. Later the Romans came (of course) and erected a temple to Jupiter. Later the current castle, Castell de Montjuic, was constructed over an old Jewish cemetary (hence the name "Hill of the Jews"). Franco used the castle for his "interrogations" and reportedly had the president of Catalunya executed. In the 20th C there was an international fair here in 1929 and the Olympic Games in 1992.
Montjuïc mountain (Jewish mountain) has been, throughout its history, the protagonist of many events, some glorious and victorious, others less so. As a result, this emblematic mountain offers the visitor many different facets, including history, culture, leisure and sport.
The historical symbol and oldest monument (end of the 17th century) is the Castell de Montjuïc (Castle), from where there are beautiful views of the city. The castle, which now houses the Museu Militar, has been, in part, a symbol of oppression oven the centuries, as it was used to torture and execute the leaders of the Setmana Tràgica in 1909 and Lluís Companys, president of the Generalitat de Catalunya in 1940, among others.
Also located on the mountain is the site of the Olympic Stadium for the 1992 Olympics.
Located in one of numerous hills at Montjuic mountain you'll find El Castell.Is a medieval and one of oldest constructions in Barcelona.From the top of castle you'll see some awesome views of the city,harbor and mediterranean sea.In a part of the old castle you can see another interesting museum,is the Army Museum.
Another nice place to see in Montjuic mountain is El Poble Español,a nice place where you can see buildings of all parts of the whole country.
Inside the Castle de Montjuic, there is a military museum. The inner courtyard of the castle contains old artillery weapons and some exhibitions on Franco, military uniforms, and even some tombstones. There are battlements around the outside of the castle that contain some artillery weapons and give great views of the harbors and beaches of Barcelona.
This castle is relatively modern only from the 17th and 18th centuries. It was primarily used to watch over the city of Barcelona and to quell any insurgencies that arose due to political unrest. The army finally handed it over to the city in 1960.
The Castell (Castle) de Montjuïc was built in the 17th century during the battle between Catalonia and Spain's Felipe IV, known as the "War of the Reapers". At the begining of the 18th century Bourbon troops ransacked the castle; it was rebuilt between 1751 and 1779. The new fortress is in the form of a starred pentagon, with enormous moats, bastions, and buttresses.
According to my guidebook, the Catalans (people of Barcelona and the area know as Catalunya) have favor for the Castell as it represents hated oppression from the central government in Madrid, and is a place where tortures and executions took place over many years.
Today, the castle houses the military museum (Museu Militar) with a collection of weapons, lead soldiers, and military uniforms. It also severs as an excellent place to get a view of the Barcelona skyline or the Mediterranean Sea.
I especially like this picture because it looks like it was taken during World War II. I don't know how it came out on my camera like that.
The militairy museum in Castell de Mont juïc gives an inside of the militairy history of the area. It is a nice museum and not boring at all.
Going into the museum also gives you the chance to see the inside of the fort. From the top of the fort you have an excellent view over Barcelona.
Times: 16 Nov. - 15 March: 9.30-17h. 16 March - 15 Nov: 9.30-20.30h.
Prices: 2.40 €uro
Groups (+ 10 pax): 50%
Montjuich (Jewish Mount) Castle
This castle is documented in year 1022 and it's been reconstructed many times during its history. It was a military fortress from where Barcelona was bombarded in 1842. It was the place of some executions in 1896 and in 1909, after the so called 'Setmana Tragica'.
So the Montjuich Mountain transmitted bad vibes to barcelona inhabitants until 1929, at the time Exposition was celebrated. Despite this fact, the castle remained under the control of military man until 1960, when it was given to the city.
In the mean time, the castle saw the execution of some politic prisoners and Lluis Companys (1940), a Catalan politician and president of Generalitat de Catalunya that represented the identity of Catalonia against the facism of Franco.
The entrance is free except the visit to the Weapons Museum.
From here you have a good view of the city, probably not as general as Tibidabo one but this place is closer to the city center too.
A visit to the Castell de Montjuic. Military museum.
Great guns and great views of the beaches and the port below from the top of the hills.
U have to walk a lot to find Museu Militar. And we walked for nothing because for no reason it was closed... Maybe because the teleferic was out...