El Castell de Montjuïc

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El Castell de Montjuïc

Castell de Montjuïc, standing on one of the highest points of the hill and facing the sea, is a place of historical interest today but was judge and party to many important events that have occurred in Barcelona. These days it survives as a symbol of struggle and testimony to crucial historical moments in the city.

Fortress on the hill

The Castell de Montjuïc, or Montjuïc Castle, is on the highest part of the hill, facing the sea and dominating the whole city. It is a 17th-century fortress built by the military engineer Juan Martín Cermeño, which has lived through numerous important historical episodes and been a key witness to various periods.

A place with historical memory

A witness of critical moments, it functioned as a prison for anarchists during the 19th century and in 1940, after the Spanish Civil War, the president of the Generalitat, Lluís Companys, was shot there along with lots of other political prisoners of the Franco regime.

Today it can be visited as a place of historical interest and, if you make your way up to the highest point of Montjuïc, you will be rewarded by one of the most impressive views of Barcelona's port and harbour you can get.

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