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Military museum - Museu Militar de Montjuic CLOSED Popular

Ctra. de Montjuïc 66, 08038, Barcelona
City District
Sants-Montjuic: Montjuïc
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Military museum - Museu Militar de Montjuic CLOSED
CLOSED Military museum in Montjuic Castle in Barcelona closed on 24 May 2009 after 47 years of operation. Some items will stay at Montjuic Castle while the bulk of the exhibits will go to the castle Castillo de Sant Ferran in Figueres and some to the barracks Sant Climent Sescebes in Girona. Montjuic Castle is now used for cultural activities and is open to the general public
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The military museum of Montjuic in Barcelona - Museu Militar de Montjuic exhibits a fine collection of old and modern weapons, models of castles, lead models of soldiers, military uniforms and old maps. The military museum was opened by 24 June 1963, by dictator Francisco Franco. His equestrian statue is now in storage. When he was alive it stood in the courtyard of the castle. The Castell de Montjuïc itself is perched on the highest point of the Montjuic mountain at a altitude of 170 metre which naturally delivers superb views of Barcelona city and the port area. The castle was built in 1640 during the war between Catalonia and Spain's Felipe IV, known as the "War of the Reapers". At the beginning of the 18th century Bourbon troops ransacked the castle and it was rebuilt between 1751 and 1779. The new fortress, built by the Bourbons, was constructed in the form of a starred pentagon with enormous moats, bastions, and buttresses. The castle is infamous in Catalan history books because of its role in Franco's regime as a place where political prisoners were imprisoned, tortured and executed, among them Lluís Companys, who was president of the Generalitat de Catalunya at the beginning of Spain's civil and later executed here in 1940.  Montjuic castle was also previously home to the
Museu Del Comic I La Illustracio, the Barcelona Comic Book and Illustrations Museum.