Tibidabo is a mountain overlooking Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. At 512 meters it is the tallest mountain in the Serra de Collserola. Rising sharply to the north-west, it has spectacular views over the city and the surrounding coastline.
The idea of building a temple on the summit of the Tibidabo Mountain emerged in the late 19th century to the rumors about the construction of a Protestant church and a hotel-casino, with what a “Board of Catholic Knights” acquire the ownership of the field giving it in 1886 to Saint John Bosco, while was visiting Barcelona then invited by Dorotea de Chopitea, a great patron and promoter of the project. From there arose the idea of a temple dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, dedication very popular at that time thanks to the impetus of the Pope Pius IX, and in line with the church built in Rome by Bosco itself (Sacro Cuore di Gesù a Castro Pretorio) and the famous Sacré-Cœur in Paris.
The church was built between 1915 and 1951, being consecrated by the Bishop Modrego in the 35th Eucharistic Congress held in Barcelona in 1952. Later made the towers, officially ending the works in 1961.
On October 29, 1961 received the title of minor basilica, given by Pope John XXIII.
There is an amusement park, a telecommunications tower (Torre de Collserola), and a Catholic church, the Temple de Sagrat Cor, at the top, all of which are visible from most of the city. Designed by Enric Sagnier, the church took 60 years to construct and is topped by a sculpture of the Sacred Heart by Josep Miret Llopart. The Amusement park is the oldest in Barcelona and retains most of the original rides, some of which date to the turn of the 20th century. The park features in the Woody Allen film Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
Tibidabo Amusement Park:
The journey to Tibidabo amusement park starts with a short train ride from the centre of Barcelona from there you will take the Tramvia Blau which takes you half way up the mountain. If you want to go all the way to the top of Tibidabo, where the amusement park is situated, you will need to catch a funicular train from the half way point. Once at the top of the mountain you can take in the magnificent views of Barcelona, an amusement park for the kids, and the opportunity to visit a beautiful church (the Temple de Sagrat Corat) at the very summit of the mountain.
Tibidabo can be reached by a funicular railway, by bus, and by car. The railway, built in 1901, was the first of its kind in Spain.