. In Montjuïc (which means the Mount of the Jews, due to the Jewish cemetery which once existed on the mountain) stands the Palau Sant Jordi, the Lluís Companys Stadium (main scenario of the 1992 Olympic Games) and the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC).
On Tibidabo there is the Fabra Observatory and the Experimental Physics Laboratory, the vantage point and the recently revamped funfair. It can be reached by car or bus, although the historic blue tram and the funicular railway are highly recommended.
Undoubtedly Gaudí's greatest work, albeit as yet incomplete. Gaudí took over the project in 1885 and worked on it until his death forty years later. Gaudí's intention was for it to be an enormous monument of the 20th Century, with 16 towers that represented the twelve apostles and the four evangelists, plus Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary. In 1926, Gaudí was knocked down by a tram, thus ending his work. The monument caught fire in the Civil War in 1936.
Now, 120 years after the first stone was laid, building work proceeds. Its direction has generated a lot of debate and controversy in Barcelona, and everyone trusts that we shall soon see the work completed. It would be Catalonia's best possible testimonial to one of its greatest sons, Antoni Gaudí.