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Catalan Culture 2004 Class Blog

lunes, octubre 20, 2003

hey everyone, I'm just going to say a couple of things about Castell de Monjuic which is located at the summit of Montjuic Mountain.

The easiest way to get up to the summit is by the cable cars, teleferic, but I do not recommend it to anyone who is afraid of heights because you do go very high and don´t feel 100%safe on them.

But if you have no problem with heights then I would thoroughly recommend it because the view from the top is amazing. From one side of the castle you can see all of the shipping port, a much better view than when you go on the boat trip. From the other side you can see most of the city, all the way from the twin towers to the olympic stadium and beyond. It is clear to see why this site was chosen for the castle because it has a huge lookout advantage.

For those of you interested in the history of the castle, the star structure you see today is not the original structure. The first castle was built in just 30days during the Guerra dels Segadors (The War of the Harvesters) in 1640 and then in 1694 it was transformed into a fortress. Later, during the years 1751 to 1779 the castle was reconstructed to the structure that you see today. The military museum is also situated in the castle but i didn´t go inside.

If anyone´s interested in visiting then you can get the metro to the Paral-lel station and then take the Funicular de Montjuic up to the cable car station. There are two stops, one at Miramar and the other at the summit. I can´t remember the exact price but it was something like 2.40euros, it wasn´t expensive anyway. I would recommend it, even if its just to get some photographs.


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