Cemeteries are a controversial topic when talking about tourism and sightseeing. Some people find it disrespectful and creepy to visit such sanctuaries, whereas others have discovered the beauty of such sacred places. Always from a position of respect, the truth is in Europe we can visit some cemeteries that are incredibly beautiful, each of them in their own way. Barcelona has its own: Montjuic Cemetery.

Montjuic Cemetery doesn’t have the greenness or the celebrities of Paris’ Pere Lachaise, nor the dark charm of Prague’s Jewish Cemetery, but it has its own, particular charm in the way it greets you from the hillside of Montjuic, in the squared, repetitive structures highlighted by temples and monuments climbing down the mountain of Montjuic, which stands right next to the Mediterranean Sea. Barcelona’s necropolis has monuments and funerary constructions of incalculable value and makes for an unforgettable visit.

In the following lines we’ll give you a few details of the history of Montjuic Cemetery, what to visit there and other useful information.

Montjuic Cemetery: A fascinating history

Montjuic Cemetery, as we know it today, was inaugurated in 1883. Its construction was, as it happened with other famous cemeteries such as Paris’ Père Lachaise, a consequence of the dramatic growth of the city. But Montjuic Cemetery was built for something else: it was part of the works that wanted to improve the city for a very important international event, the Expo of 1888. It would quickly become the most important cemetery of the city of Barcelona, taking the throne from the cemetery of Poblenou, located in the opposite side of the city.

The cemetery was built following the typical structure of an English garden, with sinuous paths, a beautiful perspective and a picturesque postcard view, but was also conditioned by its location in the mountainside, of course.

Even thought those are the official dates of the inauguration of Montjuic Cemetery, did you know that the Mountain of Montjuic was the location of the oldest Medieval Jewish Cemetery in Europe? In fact, according to medieval Latin and Catalan documents, “Montjuic” means “Mountain of the Jewish” in ancient Catalan. Perhaps that was something considered when the authorities at the time decided to dedicate several spaces for burials of other religions.

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Montjuic Cemetery: What to visit and other useful information

Besides walking around the cemetery and visiting the many beautiful graves, you will see beautiful monuments from famous Catalan artists from different periods, such as Josep M. Jujol, Eusebi Arnau or the famous Modernist architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch. You can also visit an impressive collection of funerary carriages.

To arrive to Montjuic Cemetery, you can take the metro L1 (red) or L3 (green) until station Espanya and walk up the mountain, but there is even a better option: In metro station Paral·lel (L2 and L3; purple and green), you will find the Funicular de Montjuic, a metro-like train that will take you up to the station Parc de Montjuic, from which you’ll be able to go to the viewpoints and some of the attractions located in the mountain. From there, you can also take the Telefèric, which will help you climb to the top, to the Montjuic Castle and Poble Espanyol. Buses 170 and 125 will leave you right next to the cemetery.

Remember that Montjuic Cemetery opens every day from 8 in the morning to 6 in the evening, so you have plenty of time to visit it all!

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Montjuic Cemetery: A lot to see in its surroundings

Montjuic Cemetery oversees Barcelona from the top of the mountain of Montjuic, a place that could be considered almost as a small city inside the city of Barcelona. Of course, Montjuic Cemetery is one of the main attractions located there, but it’s not the only one! There is much, much more to see in its surroundings, so much that, depending on how much time you’re planning to spend in Barcelona, you could make a day trip or an afternoon trip of your visit! Among the many places you can visit, there is the Joan Miró Foundation, a museum dedicated to the abstract local artist; Poble Espanyol, where you will be able to see important replicas of monuments and typical villages from the Spanish geography; Montjuic Castle, a medieval fortress with a beautiful view of the Port, and the botanic gardens. Once you start arriving to the bottom of the mountain, you’ll be able to visit the construction of the Olympic Ring, which were dedicated to the Olympic Games of 1992, as well as the beautiful Montjuic Palace, which hosts the MNAC, the National Art Museum of Catalonia. In front of it, you will find the famous Magic Fountain of Montjuic.

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Are you ready to visit Montjuic Cemetery? Don’t forget to plan your trip so you don’t miss any of the important attractions located nearby. We’re looking forward to hearing about your experiences!

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