The Last Defence of Barcelona Interpretive Centre (CIUDEB)
The civil war in El Pago: a unique educational exhibit
In the museum space there is an audiovisual installation of local eye-witness accounts and a permanent exhibition of objects found in various fortifications and collections of written press materials from the period.
The visit lasts 45 minutes. The CIUDEB offers two guided tours through the forest to visit the nearest trenches and machine gun hideouts. The guided tours are dramatized by the same local historians who have documented the findings to date.
“The Last Defence of Barcelona refers to the events that took place in Subirats on January 22nd and 23rd, 1939. Following the defensive lines drawn by General Vicente Rojo, the Republican soldiers built fortifications on both sides of the N-340 motorway from El Pago to the Coll d’Ordal, but the Francoist army carried out a maneuver to encircle the troops loyal to the Republic. The weakened troops resisted for a couple of days, affording many Republicans the opportunity to flee Barcelona into exile.”
Arranged visits for groups and schools.
Guided tour of the centre with interpretive and audiovisual panels and information points.
Tourist information on other Democratic Memory materials and areas of interest on the Penedès Front Route
Visit adapted to people with reduced mobility.
Activities and experiences
The Last Defence of Barcelona
Tour starts at 11 a.m.
The Last Defence of Barcelona Tour was created as a result of the discovery of various fortifications: trenches, machine gun hideouts, shelters, bomb craters, observation points.
The guided tour starts in the centre of El Pago from where we enter the forest to visit the trenches and the nearest machine gun hideouts. On the way back we visit the Interpretive Centre.
Day and Time: The third Sunday of each month at 11 a.m.
Meeting point: CIUDEB
Duration: 2 hours
Price: general rate €5, see discounted rates
The combined tour starts at 10 a.m.
The experience begins in Subirats, where there will be a guided tour of the CIUDEB, a unique educational exhibit related to the events that occurred on the 22nd and 23rd of January, 1939 during the Civil War.
After the visit, breakfast will be served in the vineyard with a tasting of Penedès cava. To conclude the visit, participants will head to the municipality of Santa Margarida i els Monjos to visit the Serral Bunker (one of the best preserved shelters) and the CIARGA, a first-rate facility dedicated to telling the story and explaining the development of Republican aviation during the Spanish Civil War.
At the end of the guided tour, we will go to the town centre to enjoy a wartime meal at a local restaurant.
Day and Time: The third Sunday of each month at 10am
Meeting point: CIUDEB
Duration: 4 hours
Price: €36/person, all inclusive
Ries Memory Route
Trail to The Last Defence of Barcelona Memorial in the Sierra de Ries.
Remains of the fortifications, trenches, machine gun hideouts, bullets and shrapnel have been discovered in this part of the mountain range, as well as human remains, which after being studied, were buried in the Subirats and Olesa de Bonesvalls cemeteries.
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