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Temple del Sagrat Cor vist des de la Talaia del Tibidabo.JPG
Sagrat Cor church, atop the hill
Highest point
Elevation 512 m (1,680 ft)
Coordinates 41°25′21″N2°07′07″E / 41.42250°N 2.11861°E / 41.42250; 2.11861
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Location in Barcelona
Location Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Parent range Serra de Collserola
Easiest route Tibidabo funicular railway

Tibidabo (Catalan pronunciation: [tiβiˈðaβu] ) is a hill overlooking Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. At 512 metres (1,680 ft), it is the tallest hill in the Serra de Collserola. Rising sharply to the north-west, it has views over the city and the surrounding coastline. [1]


The summit of the hill is occupied by the Sagrat Cor church and adjacent Tibidabo Amusement Park. The Torre de Collserola telecommunications tower is a short walk away. All three are prominently visible from most of the city of Barcelona. Designed by Enric Sagnier, the church was started in 1902 and took 60 years to complete. It is topped by a sculpture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Josep Miret Llopart.

Tibidabo can be reached by road or via the Tibidabo Funicular, which was the first of its kind in Spain, and by the Tramvia Blau. Funicular operations recommenced in June 2021 after modernisation, however the tramway remains out of service. [2] Replacement bus TC2 connects Tibidabo with Avinguda de Tibidabo Metro station. The Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona minibus service 111 connects it to Vallvidrera village and the upper station of the Vallvidrera funicular. [3]

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Tibidabo wheel

Origin of the name

Overall view of the church and amusement park (Barcelona) El Tibidabo, l'observatori Fabra - exposicio sud-est.jpg
Overall view of the church and amusement park

The name derives from the Latin Vulgate Bible verses:[ citation needed ]

This phrase, meaning I will give to you, was said to Jesus by the devil as they looked down from an exceedingly high mountain upon all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them. The name of Barcelona's hill thus refers to the popular tradition that it was in fact the exceedingly high mountain itself. The phrase Tibi dabo forms part of the inscription in the central dome of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, although in that case it was drawn from Jesus' words to St. Peter in Matthew 16:19.


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A panoramic view of Barcelona from Tibidabo

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  5. Latin Vulgate Bible, Gospel According to Saint Luke Chapter 4