The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

A unique park in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona
The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Cementiri de Montjuïc, the cemetery on the hill of Barcelona, is a very special park. This park of about 57 acres lies between the cargo port and the Castell. The very morbid atmosphere has its own charm: here you can experience 150 years of art history, and the cemetery is a unique place of silence in Barcelona.

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

For the locals, the cemetery is not very popular. This is certainly not because of the place itself, but because the idea that a cemetery could be a tourist attraction is disconcerting. But this is to do the cemetery an injustice – the Cementiri de Montjuïc is a park that has a lot of art history and history to offer, and boasts some very beautiful areas.

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

At the end of the 19th Century the city grew tremendously and the previously smaller cemeteries in the districts could not be extended. Therefore a new terrain was sought – the then little-used Montjuïc offered an ideal solution.

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The cemetery was established on 17th March 1883, being officially opened by the mayor. On 19th March the first burial took place: José Fonrodona Riva a mayor from Cuba. His final resting place is open to visitors.

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

At the cemetery you can see the various ways in which remains are laid to rest in Spain: in a magnificent mausoleum – most of which in this cemetery are in the neo-Gothic-style, in a earth grave with ornate statues of saints, in family vaults or in the sepulchral niches, i.e. the coffins above ground in large communal graves. Up to eight graves are located here on top of each other. A commemorative plaque at the foot of the grave commemorates the deceased. Whoever was given such a resting place – magnificent mausoleum, niche or grave – surely depended mainly on how much the family members were willing to invest in the grave and its care. In particular the ground tombs and mausoleums are the special attractions of the cemetery. At the highest point of the cemetery you can see a crematorium of the Romans.

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

Originally the cemetery was planned as a strictly symmetrical system, but with the growth of the cemetery the steep area of Montjuic was also adapted. From 1960 onward Cementri de Conserolla was the the new main cemetery in Barcelona. Overall, in the cemetery of Montjuïc over 152,000 people are buried. Now urn burials primarily take place, and ashes may also be scattered in a special piece of woodland.

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

Famous people who have found their final resting place at Cementiri de Montjuïc include: the musician and composer Isaac Albeniz, the architect Ildefons Cerdà, who was murdered by the Francoist President of the Generalitat Lluís Companys, the founder of FC Barcelona Joan Gamper and the renowned painter and sculptor Joan Miro. You can download a map of the Cemetery HERE (PDF file).

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

At the cemetery office at the main entrance (Mare de Déu del Port) you can get route plans. With these you can make three 2-3 hour long tours through the cemetery, an art tour, a historical tour or a combination of both.

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

The Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona

Address

Mare de Déu del Port

Phone: +34 902 079 799

cbsa.es

Opening times

Daily 8-18.00

Administration and Information:

Mo.-Fr. 08.30-14.00, 15.30-18.00 Sa., Su., Holidays 08.30-14.00

Guided Tours for free at 2nd and 4th Sunday per month in Catalan or Spanish

Admission

Free admission.

Tips for the visit of the Cementiri de Montjuïc

In the information center at the entrance you can get some tour suggestions on various topics. For a tour you can schedule about an hour.

SOURCE: barcelona.de/en/barcelona-cementery-montjuic

Dolf Van Sprengel

chief executive wanderer

Dolf Van Sprengel is born and raised in Antwerp, and loves to travel to discover new cultures. Dolf loves nature and religion, amongst many other things. Since 2017 Dolf is the administrator of WANDERLUSTVLOG.

9 Comments
  1. Wow! That park looks like far more than a cemetery! I don’t think america has anything that looks like that! Very informative post and gorgeous pictures!!! And lots of them!!! Well written…you did have what was supposed to be a PDF file in the post, but there wasn’t a link to click. Once you fix that, perfect article!

    1. Thanx for your comment! It is indeed a place with so much more: lots of the family graves are actually small churches, with lots of sculptures. I’ll have a look at that link, thank you for telling me!

  2. I never thought I’d write this, but this cemetery is stunning! I can’t remember the Montjuic Cemetery when I was in Barcelona but now I do! Will definitely visit when I return.

  3. I knew I should of gone this when I saw it! We were in Barcelona a few years ago and I looked up and saw this area from our transport from the airport. I was intrigued and wanted to go! But time did not allow, so I missed out. Great photographs! Its so cool and interesting!

  4. What an interesting place! This is certainly a unique and historic site to visit! I know the locals wouldn’t want it seen a tourist attraction, but it does have a lot of beauty and intrigue. The artistic beauty here is magnificent! I love the history behind it!

  5. Visiting cemeteries can be such an interesting and fulfilling experience. Thanks so much for sharing this one with us! I love the history, architecture, and (can we say) art that’s present in places like this one

  6. I love Barcelona. I’ve been quite a few times but I’ve never been to the Montjuic cemetery! I did go up to the fountain which was good. Your pictures are great, it makes me want to visit Barcelona again!

  7. That’s a lot of images. Love your tone of images. Its true the local tourism would never want to project a cemetry for tourism. I like the architechture too. I would have probably also observed if any special art form or history lied concealed here. In India we’ve altered history over time, and I thought this may be a good oppurtunity to connect the dots

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