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Montju´c - Hill of the Jews in medieval Catalan language or maybe a corruption of Latin Mons Jovicus that is, hill of Jupiter. Both the cities of Girona and Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, have a Montju´c.
In Barcelona it is a massive hill overlooking the harbour, with a 17th century fortress at the top. The top can be reached using a funicular and then a cableway. Part of the slopes are covered with a well attended park and gardens.
The Olympic Stadium used in the 1992 Summer Olympics is located in the slopes opposite to the city. It was originally built for the non-fascist "alternative Olympics" in 1936, which were never held due to the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. The Olympic Plaza is dominated by a striking, yet non-functioning, telecommunications tower designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava, and built in 1992.
The roads in the slopes facing the city used to be a Formula One racing circuit, hosting the Spanish Grand Prix on four occasions. However, a terrible accident in the 1975 race saw Rolf Stommelen's car crash into the stands, killing five spectators; the Spanish Grand Prix never returned to Montju´c as a result.
Formula One history
|Season||Date||Winning Driver||Winning Team||Report|
|1975||April 27||Jochen Mass||McLaren-Ford||Report|
|1973||April 29||Emerson Fittipaldi||Lotus-Ford||Report|
|1971||April 18||Jackie Stewart||Tyrrell-Ford||Report|
|1969||May 4||Jackie Stewart||Matra-Ford||Report|
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