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Muralla del Mar and Castell de Montju´c
[Photographic Souvenir of Spain vol. II]
30.5 x 41.5 cm (image)
The Royal Collection
Photograph of a view of the sea walls of Barcelona. The walls run diagonally through the photograph, skirting the port where small boats are moored. On the right of the wall is a promenade bordered by tall buildings facing the sea. In the background, on top of Montju´c hill, stands the Castillo de Montju´c with a single tower bordered by a defensive wall.
Barcelona's sea walls were constructed during the first half of the 15th century as a safeguard against raids made against the city by Pirates. In 1834 Captain Ramon de Meer altered the design of the walls to include a wide walkway that functioned as a promenade. Montju´c castle was originally constructed as a fortress during the 1640's and was altered to include battlements in 1694, thus transforming the fortress into a castle. In the late 18th century, the castle was again altered to give the castle the appearance that it has today. The castle now serves as a museum.
Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert