Montjuïc Castle | Cultural Heritage. Goverment of Catalonia.
Montjuïc Castle The guardian of the city of Barcelona
Strategically located at the top of the mountain of Montjuïc, the castle, which bears the same name, is an imposing defensive construction that follows the model of star-shaped fortifications. Its current appearance is due to the reformations carried out on the old installations by the military engineer, Juan Martín Cermeño, during the 18th century.

But, beyond its architecture, Montjuic Castle has been the scene of numerous bloody episodes and acts of repression throughout its 400 year history. Currently, the site is the property of the city and has become a symbol of Barcelona.

The origins of the castle date back to 1640, during the Catalan Revolt (the Guerra dels Segadors), when a small fort was built around an ancient watchtower. This was the beginning of the militarisation of the mountain, something which marked its history until the middle of the 20th century.

This small initial fortification was completely renovated and modernised by Juan Martín Cermeño. After the war of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714), ownership of the castle passed to the monarchy and a permanent garrison was established. Along with the Citadel, Montjuïc became the guardian of the city of Barcelona.

The renovation led to the demolition of the original fort and the construction of new buildings on an irregular trapezoidal plan adapted to the topography of the mountain, with four bastions at the ends and a covered perimeter path. Cermeño completed the "modernisation" of the facilities with the provision of toilets and water tanks and ordered the construction of the moat.

Throughout the 19th century, the castle once again had a military importance in the repression of insurrectionist movements in the city. Up to 3 times (1842-1843 and 1856) Barcelona was bombarded from the fortress, which was also used to imprison unionists, anarchists and revolutionaries, as well as during the Setmana Tràgica (Tragic Week) of 1909. With the Spanish Civil War the Republican government used the area for similar purposes. Later, the castle instead became a War Memorial to the victors, a military prison and the scene of councils of war (its most political significance was as the site of execution of the president, Lluís Companys).

It became a military museum in 1963. Finally, the Castle passed to municipal ownership in 2007, definitively closing the doors of the museum and taking back the space for the city.

Plan your visit

What can I do?
The guided tours and family workshops allow you to discover parts of the Castle that are not normally open to the public.
AccessibilityEvent hire
Montjuïc Castle is open every day of the year except 1 January and 25 December. The site is open to the public from 10am to 6pm or 8pm depending on the season.
From 1 November to 31 March:
Open Monday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Including public holidays. Closed 25 December and 1 January.
The exhibitions and educational activities end half an hour before closing time.
Last tickets sold at 5:30pm.
From 1 April to 31 October:
Open Monday to Sunday from 10am to 8pm. Including public holidays.
The exhibitions and educational activities end half an hour before closing time.
Last tickets sold at 7:30pm.
Standard admission fee: € 5
Reduced admission fee: € 3
Free admission: free on SUNDAYS after 3pm.
And also:
All children under 16 years old.
Duly accredited members of ICOM (International Council of Museums))
Duly accredited members of the Association of Museologists of Catalonia (AMC).
Duly accredited users of the “Democratic Memorial of Catalonia” library and documentation centre.
Tour guides on duty.
Teachers in formal education duly accredited by the direction of their school.
Teachers in formal education when accompanying a group of students.
Holders of free “pink cards” (tarjeta rosa).
Members of the organizations and associations with offices in Montjuïc Castle
Holders of the “accompanying person’s metropolitan pass” (passi metropolità d’acompanyament), who accompany persons with disabilities.
Holders of the BCNCultural card
Persons enrolled on the Gaudir+BCN programme

The castle admission fee includes access to permanent and temporary exhibitions.
Tel. 932 564 440
Carretera de Montjuïc, 66
08038 Barcelona
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