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The Montjuïc Cemetery was created in response to a major population increase and the strong economic climate apparent in Barcelona in the first half of the 19th century. The Poblenou Cemetery was clearly insufficient and could no longer be extended due to its location in an area undergoing significant urban development.

The Montjuïc Cemetery was opened on 17 March 1883 by the mayor of Barcelona, Rius i Taulet. The cemetery project formed part of a programme of improvements undertaken by the mayor to expand the city, an endeavour which would later culminate in the 1888 Universal Exhibition. The cemetery reflects the innovative and industrial trends that characterised the city of Barcelona at the end of the century.

The first burials recorded in the cemetery books date from 19 March, when a total of 10 were carried out. José Fonrodona Riva was the first person to be buried in the new cemetery, a Catalan Indian who had been mayor of Matanzas (Cuba). His heirs paid 20 pesetas for his grave. The cemetery was designed and project managed by Leandro Albareda (Barcelona, 1852-1912), a municipal architect who, before building it, visited the most significant foreign necropolises. He was also responsible for a number of important monumental graves found in the cemetery.

Opening hours
From Monday to Sunday: 8.00 to 18.00

Address and telephone number
c/ Mare de Déu de Port, 56-58. 08038 Barcelona Tel. 934.841.999

Public transport
21. Daily (Avda. Paral·lel– El Prat)
107. Public holidays only (cemetery interior)