Standing 262 metres above sea level, the Turó de la Rovira is a natural viewing point that boasts 360º views of the city. It was also a strategic site for the defence of
Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War. In spring 2015, as a result of a project carried out in recent months, the MUHBA Turó de la Rovira will feature new
exhibition spaces giving a bird’s-eye view of Barcelona’s history, the city during the Spanish Civil war, the post-war period, the anti-aircraft battery on the Turó de la Rovira and the Canons district, as well as the role of the shanty settlements in the city. The space dedicated to the battery command, the Espai de Comandament de la Bateria, shows the relationship between modern technology and aerial warfare in big cities.
The neighbourhood and hill were named Torre Baró after the two old towers of the same name, the first of them dating from the 16th century and the second from the 18th. The building at the top, known as the Castell de Torre Baró, isn’t really a castle as the name suggests, but was built as a hotel in the early 1900s and never completed. The viewing point stands adjacent to this building, at the end of the road known as the Carretera de les Roquetes. The site has been recently restored and has an information point about the Parc Natural de Collserola. The viewing point overlooks the districts of Nou Barris, Horta, Sant Andreu and Sant Martí below, and, in the distance, the Besòs river, the foothills of the Collserola ridge and the working-class districts of the city.
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