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Montjuic Cemetary
21 March 2019 @ 13:10

The Montjuïc Cemetery is a unique place without a doubt, with unusual, modernist graves. 

Opened in March of 1883, Montjuïc is the biggest cemetery in Barcelona. It’s placed on the top of Montjuïc, which itself is a nice little mountain-hill overlooking the Mediterranean sea. There you can find graves of famous locals like those of Catalan leader Lluis Companys (1882-1940), Spanish anarchist militant Buenaventura Durruti (1896-1936), artist Joan Miró (1893-1983), and many more. If you walk to the top you can see a crematorium from Roman times. The journey to the crematorium is a very long walk and it can take more than 3 hours to tour the entire cemetery on foot.

In the silent west wing of the cemetery is 'El Fossar de la Pedrera' (the Grave of the Quarry). An estimated 4,000 people were buried there after their execution by the Franco regime following the fall of Barcelona to fascist forces during the Spanish Civil War. The quarry contains memorials to the victims of fascism, Lluis Companys (the last president of Catalunya before the civil war) and, recently, a monument commemorating the aspirations of the social revolution of 1936. El Fossar de la Pedrera is a moving and melancholy place. 


Walking through beautiful modernist graves, surrounded by pines and watching the sea. Experiencing this cemetery is widely considered to be one of the most enjoyable experiences in Barcelona and highly recommendable.


If you decide to go keep in mind that The Cementiri de Montjuïc is a little difficult to reach. The easiest way to get there is to take the 21 bus from the Jardins de Walter Benjamin at the Place de Les Drassanes, near (but not at) the southern end of Las Ramblas. But bus will stop at the bottom of the cemetery, after which, the 107 bus can take you to the top - this is helpful as the cemetery is nearly vertical and many may not be up for the walk!

 



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toolman2 said:
23 March 2019 @ 11:18

It may seem a strange place for a day out but I have spent a couple of days visiting Highgate Cemetery in London. Built around the same time it has many fascinating, somber but beautiful tombs in a wooded area. The pictures above show a similar setting and the tombs are fabulous works of art. Art can last forever so I suppose the tomb inhabitant is hoping his or her memory will last forever? Definitely a place I would like to visit but from the top down i think.

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