Mt. Tibidabo

Last week, Catherine came to visit for a few days before heading off to Bernard and Aude’s house in Manosque. We had a 3 day weekend, so we had some extra time to explore some new things around Barcelona that I hadn’t done yet. On Saturday, we went up to Mt. Tibidabo, the tallest peak in the Collserola mountain range, which limits the westward expansion of the city. After taking one metro, one train, one trolley, and one funicular, we made it up to the top. At the very top of the mountain is the Temple de Sagrat Cor, a church built from 1902 – 1961. Immediately below the church is an amusement park, with rides dating back to the year 1900. You can walk around the top and visit the church for free, but of course it costs money to go into the park and also to take the elevator to the church tower. We decided against the park but rode the elevator up so we could experience the highest viewpoint of the city. Here are some pictures from the excursion.

Yoav and Michael discussing sunglasses on the way up in the trolley…:

One of the rides in the park:

Some of the rides and the church:

Walking up to the church:

Inside the church:

View into the amusement park from the top of the church:

Perspective of the city from one of the rides:

The Sagrada Familia:

The opposite side of the mountain:

Torre de Collserola (telecommunications tower on the adjacent hill):

Panoramic of the whole view of the city. It was pretty amazing. Hopefully next time it will be a clearer day:

Thanks to Michael for this reference:

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One Response to Mt. Tibidabo

  1. Charlie says:

    The vibrance of the color in a few of these pictures reminds me of the experience Lisa and I had in the Vatican 15 years ago. Incredible dynamic range in color and intensity found in art work on the walls. In the best examples, color was captured in fired tiles. These were very small chips of tile fired with, in many cases, “secret” color ingrediants. Those small chips were assembled like a computer assembles pixels to display on a monitor. The durability of the color over many centuries is nothing short of amazing. CK

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