When you are in Barcelona, one of the important places to visit is Montjuïc, a flat hill that houses many places of interest and one of them is the Olympic Stadium. Unlike many other places in Barcelona, this is free entry so there is no harm just to drop by and have a look around.
The stadium was first built in preparation for the International Expo in 1929 then was renovated before the Summer Olympics in 1992. Athletes’ fans should pay a visit here and check out the venue.
Some old photos showing the historical moment for this stadium, you see them once you enter the stadium.
The stadium was having a facelift before the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Vittorio Gregotti, the Italian architect helped in the renovations. The core was removed and they left only the outer facades. They also repaired and rebuilt new stands to replace the older unsafe ones.
Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys formerly known as the Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc (1989-2001) was captured in one of the bin in the stadium.
Gift Shop is open if you need some souvenirs to bring back home. A little cafe is also available to get snacks or drinks. Toilets are free to use and free of charge.
Narrow Seating Plan
Olympic Stadium Clock & cauldron for Olympic flame
The black structure beside the big clock is the cauldron for the Olympic flame.
Palau Sant Jordi – Indoor Arena
The indoor sporting arena called Palau Sant Jordi is located next to the Olympic Stadium, the look is like a black spaceship, designed by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, opened in 1990. It used for a multi-purpose arena, including world-class ports meetings to music concerts. Famous international stars such as Madonna, Frank Sinatra and Beyonce host concerts here.
Montjuïc Communications Tower
The eye-catching slender structure sits near the stadium, it looks unique and makes me wonder what it is.
It is the communication tower built to help transmit television coverage of the Olympic Games back in 1992. Now, the tower has become a cute symbol of the Olympics and the city of Barcelona.
The Barcelona Olympic stadium sits behind of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya in Montjuïc hill. There are few iconic structures and buildings to look at, the Olympic Stadium, the indoor arena – Palau Sant Jordi which looks like a black spaceship and the eye-catching white tall tower called the communication tower.
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