MONTJUÏC CEMETERY

Cementiri Monumental de Barcelona

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General Information

Cementery Opening hours
From Monday to Sunday:
8.00 to 18.00

Office hours
From Monday to Friday:
8.00 to 14.00 and 15:30 to 17:00
From Saturday to Sunday: closed

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

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

Cultural Visiting hours

Free guided visit
2nd and 4th sunday of each month
11:00 in catalan
11:15 in spanish

Telephone
934 841 999

Additional information
Map of the cemetery

Artistic Route

The Artistic Route try to establish similarities between art and society to explain the graves artistic, cultural and historical value. The route shows the importance of the cemetery in the city’s artistic and cultural legacy by means of a short walk.

Historical Route

Montjuïc Cemetery reflects Barcelona; it mourns the loss of its heroes and the anonimous citizens since they were and still are part of the city. Barcelona builds monuments in the Montjuïc Cemetery to remember historical events and these pieces of art which are private and public at the same time reveal Barcelona’s dreams.

Combined

There is a third route called the COMBINED ROUTE (which takes place on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month). It includes 37 graves and it is conceived as a sample of the cemetery’s cultural heritage. It combines interesting historical and artistic graves which are already included in the main routes.

VISITING HOURS MONTJUÏC ROUTE

2nd sunday of each month
11:15 in catalan


4th sunday of each month
11:15 in spanish

Phone: 934 841 999

History

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.

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.

Sepultures

The cemeteries of Barcelona are spaces of memory and tranquility. Cementiris de Barcelona has tombs available to the different cemeteries of the city.

Services at Montjuïc cementery

Cementiris de Barcelona is funerary company owned by the City of Barcelona. Our objectives are to bring the management of cemeteries and all their activity to users, improve customer service and provide quality services.

Events/Routes

As paradoxical as it seems, knowing death and its cultural and social manifestations is a good window into the life of any society. Aiming to help people see cemeteries as places full of history and life.

Hearse Collection

The Collection

The funeral carriages collection was inaugurated in 1970 by Cristóbal Torra, the then manager of the Municipal Funeral Service. It was displayed in the basement of the Sancho d’Àvila funeral home until June 2012 when it was transferred to new premises at the Montjuïc Cemetery.
This collection contains pieces of great historic value. When the decision was taken to house all funeral activity within a single building, the question arose as to what should be done with the carriages which had served the city of Barcelona for 90 years before falling into disuse due to technical advancements and the emergence of the motorcar. The important decision to preserve them and bring them together in a single space led to the creation of the first and only public exhibition of funeral carriages in Europe.
The collection consists of 13 funeral carriages, 6 coaches to carry families to the church and cemetery and 3 motor vehicles, with a variety of other complementary pieces used for decorative or operational purposes. The collection itself shows us how our ancestors developed new funeral customs to transport their deceased to the cemeteries.
The use of innovative technologies within the space enables visitors to be transported back in time to gain a vision of Barcelona as it was. In addition, the dedicated resources which accompany the collection illustrate the way of life and funeral customs of the city’s society throughout the decades in which the carriages were in use.
It should be noted that the collection is made up of carriages that were owned by a company and therefore the items that have been preserved were not acquired as museum pieces, but as working objects. It is therefore difficult to date them, document their history and pinpoint exactly how they were acquired.

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