Due to the rise in population, Barcelona opened the Montjuïc Cemetery in 1883 to become its main cemetery. Leandro Albareda was the architect behind the design of the cemetery and the first burial to take place in it was a mayor from Cuba named Josè Fonrodona Riva and his resting place remains open for visitors.
The Montjuïc hill would become an unpopular place for the cemetery by locals because of the belief that it would become a tourist attraction but nonetheless older cemeteries could not be extended further. Some of the people buried here include well-known figures such as the founder of FC Barcelona, Joan Gamper, musician Isaac Albièniz and former president of the Catalan government, Francesc Macià.
You can make a visit to the cemetery and take a tour through its modernist route allowing you to see a glimpse of the 19th century in Barcelona. Free guided tours are offered on the second and fourth Sunday of the month at 11:00am.
Carrer de la Mare de Déu de Port, 56 – 58
Bus 21 and 107 (only on public holidays)
934 841 999
Mon-Sun 8:00am-6:00pm daily