Tibidabo is the name of the highest hill behind Barcelona. It is 512m high and named after the Devil's tempting phrase to Jesus 'et ait ei tibi dabo potestatem hanc universam et gloriam illorum quia mihi tradita sunt et cui volo do illa' - All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it, from Luke 4:6.
Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor
On the summit there is the Sagrat Cor church and an amusement park. The church was built as a reaction to a rumour about a protestant casino being planned for the summit. A Catholic group hastily purchased the land and in 1886 a small neo-gothic hermatige was built. After several delays the first stone of the actual planned church was laid in 1901 and the crypt was completed by 1911. The main church was constructed between 1915 and 1951. Work officially stopped in 1961 with completion of the towers.
Tibidabo Amusement Park
The amusement park is in two sections. The original area, now called the 'Sky Rides' and the modern bit scattered down the hillside. Businessman and presumably big kid, Salvador Andreu, started the original construction in 1899 and the park opened its doors in 1905. It is one of the oldest in the world still in operation. Particulary scary is the 'Talaia', opened in 1921. The two buckets lift you to a height of 550m above sea-level.
The modern part of the park has had some recent upgrades including a rollercoaster that has incredible views (if you keep you eyes open) and a log flume, great for those hot summer days. Although not a patch on the megapark of Port Aventura down the coast. The Tibidabo amusement park is a firm favourite amongst the locals. It is cheaper and closer!
Study the ticket options to work out whats best. You can access the 'old bit' and just pay per ride. Do not miss the chance to ride the lift to the top of the church. The views on a clear day are totally stunning!