Location: The North side of MountJüic, Barcelona [MAP]
Project Type: Cemetery, Coastal, Religious
Completion Date: Unknown
Access: Walk, take the cable car or furnicular (which is on the metro line) up to MountJüic. Once at the top it is an approximately 20 minute walk to the far side of the mountain.
When visiting Barcelona, taking the cable car or furnicular up to Mount Jüic is a must to see the beautiful mountain-side gardens and architecture from the 1921 Olympic Games. Take a stroll up and over the other side of the mountain, past the botanical gardens (also well worth a look and a low entry fee) and you will see a series of dramatic, geometric, stone walls and terraces on the horizon.
Drawn in by this oppressive, manmade feature, I discover it is in fact a vast Jewish cemetery with the cliff-like stone walls actually accommodating over a million burial sites, most of which are recessed into the walls in a grid-pattern.
As the vast terraces tower on above, you can contemplate the significance of a persons life and death and what this place might mean to their families.
Climbing up through the intimidating maze of terraces in complete silence, you will reach the highest terrace, where a stunning view is unveiled.
The other side of the mountain opens up on to the sea and lining its edge an industrial harbour; a face of Barcelona rarely seen. This impressive display of nature’s power meeting the man-made harbour forms a backdrop to the Jewish cemetery and perhaps even reveals a new perspective on both life and death.