5 extraordinary sites to visit in Barcelona, Spain

Get the best view in Barcelona or visit one of many fascinating museums and other out-of-the-ordinary sites.

Barcelona has endless attractions including its Modernist buildings, great restaurants, museums, and sandy beaches.

The city also has a more unusual side [VIDEO], with Spanish Civil War bunkers offering the best view of the city. Atlas Obscura reports that another bunker exists in a doctor's home that became a Soviet Union consulate.

There is a fascinating wooden turntable in a former orphanage that allowed destitute families to anonymously drop off their babies. A Modernist palace has been converted into a cannabis museum and another museum displays gilded and beautiful [VIDEO] funeral carriages.


Bunkers del Carmel, Av. de l'Estatut de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

The Bunkers del Carmel were built in 1938 while the Spanish Civil War raged on. The anti-aircraft fortifications are placed on the Turó de la Rovira, ensuring a 360 degree view of the city. When the war ended, the cannons were removed and the buildings left to crumble. Once popularity of the site increased in the 2000s, the bunkers were renovated to give visitors to the city the best possible view.


Soviet bunker in Salvador Andreu House, 17 Av. del Tibidabo, Barcelona, Spain

Keeping with bunkers, a modernist house that belonged to Dr. Salvador Andreu changed hands after the physician died. When the Spanish Civil War broke out, the house was taken over as the Soviet Union’s consulate. The Soviet Union was backing the Republican Forces, who were fighting to defeat General Franco’s forces, making the consulate a natural target, leading to a bunker being built with all mod cons, including toilets, a kitchen and a generator. The bunker can still be seen today.


Barcelona baby drop-off, 17 Carrer Ramelleras, Barcelona, Spain

An unusual sight can be seen in the centre of the El Raval district of Barcelona. What was originally the House of Mercy still has an unusual wooden turntable. While the circular turntable in the wall looks purely ornamental, it was here that destitute families placed their babies, allowing them to anonymously turn the baby around to a staff member inside the home. The 16th-century building was in operation until the 19th century and sadly many hundreds of babies entered the orphanage this way.


Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum Barcelona, 35 Carrer Ample, Barcelona, Spain

Palau Mornau was built in the 16th century as a palace for the noble Santcliment family. These days the elegant Modernist/Renaissance building in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona serves a different purpose. Dutch entrepreneur Ben Dronkers started the Hash Marijuana and Hemp Museum, renovating the building to its former glory and displaying some 8,000 items relating to cannabis throughout mankind’s history. The topics cover both recreational medical usage and also industrial applications.


Museu de Carrosses Fúnebres de Barcelona, 54.C Carrer del Litoral B-10, Barcelona, Spain

The Museum of Funerary Hearses has exhibits relating to ceremonies held in the 19th to 20th centuries in Spain. Examples of gilded funerary carriages and horse-drawn vehicles are on display along with other iconic symbols related to mortality. The vehicles have a baroque beauty symbolic with transferring the dead to their final resting places. There are 13 horse-drawn hearses, three motor hearses and six accompanying cars on display.

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