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Tibidabo - The Basilica

Tibidabo, Barcelona.


Tibidabo is the union of two Latin words tibi-dabo (I will give you) taken from the gospel of San Mateo, 4.9, that the third temptation of Satan to Jesus in the desert remembers: “I will give all this You, if you wilt fall down and worship me”. The Hieronymite monks imagined that the devil could have attemped Jesus, offering from this summit all the wealth to him of the city of Barcelona.

In the summit is the church of the Sagrat Cor (Sacred Heart or Sacré-Coeur), closely related to his homonym in Paris, and it's visible from all the city. In 1886 was builded a little hermitage in the upper point of the mountain.

Designed by Enrique Sagnier, the actual church consists of 2 elements: the crypt in the lower part, and the temple basilica in the upper part.

The Crypt was builded between 1903 and 1911, and the basilica begins in 1914, but the Spanish civil war destroys both in 1936. After the war, in 1939, the reconstruction begins. In 1951 the upper temple is finished.

The Statue of the Sacred Heart, by José Miret, is of bronze, it measures 7,5 meters and weight 4,800 kg. and it was placed in 1961. 11 days later John XXIII ignited from Rome the nocturnal illumination.


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Taken on January 13, 2007