You probably noticed the big statue at the top of the mountain overlooking Barcelona. Know mainly under its informal name “temple of Tibidabo”. It is a beautiful church to view, it is perhaps one of the most iconic sights of Barcelona.
Decades ago, there were plans to build a protestant temple on this site. This fear motivated the board of the catholic knights to purchase the land and give it up to Sant Joan Bosco in order to build a large catholic temple at this height.
At the time a neo-gothic chapel was built in 1806 and for many years the work was put off to restart again under the supervision of the well-known Spanish architect Enric Sagnier and it took place in 1902 which was completed some 60 years afterward by his son Josep Maria Sagnier i Vidal. Topped by a bronze sculpture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus which is in Spanish, the “Templo Expiatorio del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús”.
Most of the visitors recall the “Basilique du Sacre Coeur de Montmartre” in Paris as they look very similar and both have been constructed at the top of a mountain.
It might be disappointing to travel the whole way to see an amusement park spoiling such a beautiful site. But the view over Barcelona, especially on a sunny day, is spectacular. For people with children it might a little heaven, both adults and kids will be entertained.
Most visitors use public transport to get to the top including Underground, Tibidabo Tram, and the Funicular de Tibidabo. But, It is also possible to travel the whole way up through the mountain’s forest. I find it particularly entertaining and much more rewarding.
Although most of the people think that hiking up that mountain might take even 4 hours. If you take the L7 to avenue Tibidabo and start your journey from there. You can be sure that getting to the top level won’t take you more than 45 min to 1 hour. Despite the fact that it might be a long way to go to see the church, it is actually well worth the journey. The best would be to have a free day because if the weather is warm and the sky is clear you will enjoy spending much more time in each spot taking pictures and taking as much benefit as you can from this calm relaxing environment.
Once at the top, you will have the chance to see one of best views of the city of Barcelona and I am sure you won’t regret it. The interior of the temple is unique, the first floor got the style of the neo-byzantine architecture. The second floor is, on the other hand, a mixture of Roman and gothic style. An elevator has been made in the service of the visitors who would like to check out the city at 575 meters above the sea level.