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Temple del Sagrat Cor vist des de la Talaia del Tibidabo.JPG
Sagrat Cor church, atop the mountain
Highest point
Elevation 512 m (1,680 ft)
Coordinates 41°25′21″N 2°07′07″E / 41.42250°N 2.11861°E / 41.42250; 2.11861Coordinates: 41°25′21″N 2°07′07″E / 41.42250°N 2.11861°E / 41.42250; 2.11861
Tibidabo is located in Barcelona
Location in Barcelona
Location Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Parent range Serra de Collserola
Easiest route Tibidabo funicular railway

Tibidabo (Catalan pronunciation: [tiβiˈðaβu]) is a mountain overlooking Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. At 512 metres (1,680 ft), it is the tallest mountain in the Serra de Collserola. Rising sharply to the north-west, it affords spectacular views over the city and the surrounding coastline.[1]

Overall view of the church and amusement park

The summit of the mountain is occupied by the Sagrat Cor church and adjacent Tibidabo Amusement Park. The Torre de Collserola telecommunications tower is a short walk away. All three are prominently visible from most of the city of Barcelona. Designed by Enric Sagnier, the church took 60 years to construct and is topped by a sculpture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Josep Miret Llopart.

The Red Aeroplane of Tibidabo

Tibidabo can be reached via the Tibidabo Funicular, which was the first of its kind in Spain, and by the Tramvia Blau or road. The Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona minibus service 111 connects it to Vallvidrera village and the upper station of the Vallvidrera funicular.[2]

Origin of name[edit]

The name derives from the Latin Vulgate Bible verses:

  • "…et dixit illi haec tibi omnia dabo si cadens adoraveris me"[3] – "And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me" (Matthew 4:9);
  • "…et ait ei tibi dabo potestatem hanc universam et gloriam illorum quia mihi tradita sunt et cui volo do illa"[4] – "All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it" (Luke 4:6).

This phrase, meaning I will give to you, was said to Jesus by the devil as they looked down from an exceedingly high mountain upon all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them. The name of Barcelona's hill thus refers to the popular tradition that it was in fact the exceedingly high mountain itself. The phrase Tibi dabo forms part of the inscription in the central dome of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, although in that case it was drawn from Jesus' words to St. Peter in Matthew 16:19.


A panoramic view of Barcelona from Tibidabo

Popular culture[edit]

"...while the train journeyed through the bowels of the city to the foot of Mount Tibidabo, which presides over Barcelona. When I reemerged into the streets, it seemed as if I were discovering another place. Dawn was breaking, and a purple blade of light cut through the clouds, spraying its hue over the fronts of mansions and stately homes that bordered Avenida del Tibidabo. A blue tram was crawling lazily uphill in the mist."[5]

"I thanked him for the information and was about to turn down the avenue when I looked up and saw Tibidabo Mountain awakening behind the clouds of gauze. Suddenly I felt like taking the funicular up the hill to visit the old amusement park crowning its top and wander among its merry-go-rounds and the eerie automaton halls..."[5]:147

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Panoramic QTVR view from Tibidabo
  2. ^ "Number 111 – Tibidabo". Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona. Retrieved 2014-11-26. 
  3. ^ Latin Vulgate Bible, Gospel According to Saint Matthew Chapter 4
  4. ^ Latin Vulgate Bible, Gospel According to Saint Luke Chapter 4
  5. ^ a b Zafon, Carlos Ruis (2001). The Shadow of the Wind. New York: Penguin Books. p. 142. ISBN 0143034901.