Façade of the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
This church, also known as “Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor” (Expiatory Temple of the Sacred Heart) is located at the top of the Tibidabo mountain, which is part of sierra de Collserola. Its construction began in 1902 and was completed in 1961. In the center of the photo, above the rose window, there is a statue of Saint John Bosco, or Don Bosco, founder of the temple.
The summit of Tibidabo
Interior of the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
The interior of this basilica has a predominantly Gothic style, slightly reminiscent of the Barcelona Cathedral or the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris; although this one is of course smaller and more modern, the type of illumination produced by the interaction between the stained glass windows and the light-colored Gothic structures inside is equally effective to generate an interesting atmosphere.
Pointed arch in the Temple of the Sacred Heart
Detail of the front façade of the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
The statue of Jesus in the upper left corner of the photo is made of bronze, and is the highest element that crowns this temple. To the right, above the rose window, you can see the statue of the founder of the temple, Saint John Bosco. “Don Bosco,” as he was commonly known, was an Italian priest, native of Becchi, to the East of Turin, who became famous for his healings and visions of the future, and specially for his extensive work helping the young people of his time, and his continued help nowadays through his legacy of Salesian institutions in 128 countries, by providing them with vocational training and spiritual formation. Hence this temple has a more personal and special meaning for many Catalans of multiple generations.
Bell Tower of the Tibidabo
Coat of arms in the Bell Tower of the Tibidabo
Roof of the Belfry of the Tibidabo
The bell of this particular Tower has been named the Saint John Bosco bell. At the top it has the busts of some creatures which act like small pseudo-gargoyles, giving it a somewhat Gothic appearance, which brings this Romanesque structure stylistically closer to the predominantly Gothic basilica.
Barcelona from the viewpoint of Arrabassada
In this photo you can see a large expanse of the city of Barcelona, from the area of “Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes” (square of the Catalan Glories) on the left, where the Abgar tower stands out with its oval shape, up to the Monjuic mountain on right. The neighborhood in the foreground is Vall d’Hebron, and the green areas in the central part of the photo are Park Güell and Creueta del Coll Park. The almost twin towers jutting out in front of the Mediterranean are the Mapfre Tower and the Hotel Arts. The viewpoint of Arrabassada from where I took this photo is located on the Sant Cugat highway, in the ascent to the summit of the Tibidabo.
Temple statue and view of Montserrat
Panoramic view of Barcelona in a cloudy day
This is one of the views from the top of the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, at an altitude of 575 meters (1886 feet), where you can see once again Park Güell and Creueta del Coll Park; and further to the left the last green area is Guinardó Park. In the center of the photo is the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and the Abgar Tower, and on the far left, protruding over the Mediterranean, you can see the 3 chimneys of the old thermal power plant in Sant Adrià de Besòs city, next to Barcelona. The layers of clouds produced iridescent effects on the Mediterranean that day. Sometimes you can see the Mallorca Island from Tibidabo, when there is better visibility, which is 100 nautical miles away (115 miles).
Lateral façade of the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Panoramic view of the Barcelonès and beyond from Tibidabo
In the foreground on the left is the Tower Two Rivers, which is a 53-meter (174 feet) water storage tower, built in 1905. This photo shows a large sector of the “Barcelonès” region, from Park Güell in Barcelona to Badalona, which is in the central area of the photo next to the Mediterranean, and to the left of it, the green elevation corresponds to Serralada de Marina Park. On the left-hand side, inland, is the city of Granollers; and behind it, in the horizon you can also see the Montseny massif, where the Natural Park of Montseny is located.
Ascension to the summit of Tibidabo
Below the Temple and Tower Two Rivers you can see the Tibidabo amusement park camouflaged in vegetation from this angle, although its flamboyant red rollercoaster stands out. The building on the right is the Gran Hotel La Florida.