Sagrat Cor church, atop the mountain
|Elevation||512 m (1,680 ft)|
|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 has views over the city and the surrounding coastline.
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.
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.
Origin of the name
- "…et dixit illi haec tibi omnia dabo si cadens adoraveris me" – "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" – "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.
Getting to Tibidabo
Go to this link: https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Barcelona/Inland_Suburbs, at the section Do, in order to know the different ways.
By the way, the Tramvia blau is out of service nowadays.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Tibidabo.|
|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Barcelona/Inland Suburbs.|
- Panoramic QTVR view from Tibidabo
- "Number 111 – Tibidabo". Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
- Latin Vulgate Bible, Gospel According to Saint Matthew Chapter 4
- Latin Vulgate Bible, Gospel According to Saint Luke Chapter 4
- "Tramvia Blau - Vintage Barcelona tram | Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona". www.tmb.cat. Retrieved 28 January 2019.