Tibidabo is a mountain overlooking Barcelona, located in the north-west of the municipality. It stands at 512 metres (1,680 ft) and offers spectacular views of the city, the surrounding Collserola natural park and the Catalan coastline. The mountain attracts the pious and the thrill-seekers alike- the summit hosts a majestic romanesque church called Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor as well as the Tibidabo Amusement Park.
Did you know?
The external facade of Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor the was bulit using stone extracted from another mountain within Barcelona – Montjuic.
The name tibi – dabo derives from Vulgar Latin and means I will give to you. In the Bible, the devil tempted Jesus Christ by showing him, from the summit of an exceedingly tall mountain, all the kingdoms of the world which could be his, if only he worshiped him. And the tall mountain with offered such an incredible view? Apparently, Tibidabo!
El Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor was named after the Heart of Jesus Christ because…it was fashionable at the time! Think Sacre Coeur in Paris, also built at the turn of the twentieth century.
The company which built the Tibidabo Amusement Park went bankrupt in 1999 which, quite ironically, marked the centenary of the opening of the Park! How is it still standing ? After the bankruptcy, the General Treasury of the Social Security together with Barcelona City Council seized the land and the infrastructure in a public auction.