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jueves, diciembre 04, 2003

Assignment 3: The Montjuïc Castle

Barcelona has got several places where you can enjoy of splendid views of the city and where beautiful observation posts are situated. After the observation post on top of the Tibidabo mountain my favourite spot is located on the roof of the Montjuïc Castle. Especially by night you have a marvelous view of the city with all the lights on one side. On the other side of the Castle you can see the coastline and the sea and when you go there around the sunsetting and the sky is clear you might see magnificant colourful sights.
Inside the castle there is the Military Museum. That is only for those who are interested in history, weapons, waging war and army stuff. You can admire big tanks, all sorts of guns, flags, swords and other military requierments. It will cost you 1 euro at the entrance and than you have acces to the whole castle included the museum. But the mean reason of my visit was the attendence of the nice views. Be aware that the castle is closing at seven!
The Montjuïc Castle is also a place of historical importance and a location with beautiful green surroundings and splendid views that it is a must for you when to go there when you are staying in Barcelona for a while. As a said the castle has got a great history. During your stay you can listen to descriptions and important information about the castle and its past. You can choose if you want to hear the explanations in Catalan, Spanish, Italian, English, French, German and last but not least in Dutch! We pushed on the “Dutch” button and a nice friendly Dutch voice told us that Philip V was one of the most important Kings who lived there and the castle has been very important in many wars in the past. Even the troops of Napoleon occupied one day the castle and turned it into a prison. After several restorations the castle nowadays has the function of one of the biggest tourist attractions of Montjuïc.

Written by Randy Karssemakers

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