Great Place Wednesday; Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain

 

Montjuïc is a hill located near the center of Barcelona, Spain.  It features a large number of attractions including the Spanish Village, the Magic Fountain and MNAC, one of the city’s most important museums.It is a broad shallow hill with a relatively flat top overlooking the harbor, to the southwest of the city center. The eastern side of the hill is almost a sheer cliff, giving it a commanding view over the city’s harbor immediately below. The top of the hill was the site of several fortifications, the latest of which, the Castle of Montjuïc remains today. It served as a prison, often holding political prisoners, until the time of General Franco. The castle was also the site of numerous executions.

Today the Montjuïc is a mostly recreational area with a large number of sights and attractions, most of them originating from two major events that took place here: the 1929 International Exhibition and the 1992 Olympics.

 

 

1992 Olympics Stadium, Monjuic, Barcelona

 

View from Montjuic to Plaza Espana.

 

 

National Museum of Catalunya