The Montjuïc is not a district in the true sense, but an area which has a character like a park and so its independent beings. Many of its attraction is owed to Barcelona's Montjuic mountain house in the southern city of World Expo in 1929 and the Olympic Games in 1992. There are excellent museums and magnificent views worth the climb to the approximately 210-metre-high mountain.
There are two different stories about how the Montjuïc got its name. At the time of the Roman settlement there was a temple, "Mons Jovis," Mountain of Jupiter, in the Middle Ages was on the south side of the Jewish cemetery, "Montjueu" which means "Mountain of the Jews".
In the 17th Century, the fortress, which today houses the military historical museum, was used to control the city and to boom the insurgents. In the days of Franco the fortress on the Montjuïc was a prison for political prisoners.
At the World Exposition in 1929, the Palau National and many other palaces on the Montjuïc were built. The full development of the hill came with the Olympic Games in 1992, there were many sports facilities and a stadium built on the mountain or rehabilitated. Also in 1992 the Mountain park obtained its character.
Sights of Montjuïc
The Montjuïc is a very special part of Barcelona. With a very eventful history, it has now parks, Olympic sports facilities, a great prospect and several world-famous.