The view from Barcelona's cable shuttle

The view from Barcelona’s cable shuttle

The cable shuttle that connects the port with Miramar, on the slopes of the Montjuic mountain, was designed in 1926 by Carles Buigas, Ramon Road and Josep M. Roda. It’s objective was and is to connect the 1929 world exhibition show with Barcelona’s maritime section.

The private capital that was needed to finish the works was not raised until 1928 and this was unfortunatly too late to complete the works for the exhibition. Buigas then had sold his shares to Josep M. Roda, who finished the project in 1931 after two years of construction. During the Civil War, the cable shuttle was closed, the cables removed and the towers became a strategic place for the defense of the port of Barcelona.

In 1958 the Company Teleféricos de Barcelona, took over the facilities and on May 20th, 1963 started operating the new cable shuttle, which did not interrupt its service until 1995. After restoring the towers of San Sebastian and Jaime I for over two years, the port’s Cable Car resumed its activity according to the same pattern as 1931, transporting passengers between Barceloneta and Montjuic throughout the year.

The total course is 1292 meters, lasts approximately ten minutes and consists of two lines of simultaneous transport to the towers with a metallic structure with suspender crusses, and a quadrangular foundation. The tower of San Sebastian, situated next to Barceloneta beach, has a height of 78.4 meters with three crosses of suspenders and no horizontal division. In the upper part there is a large volume of prismatic rectangular and polygonal extensions on the long sides, which houses a restaurant and the station of the cabins. The tower of Jaime I, 107 meters high and located on the pier of Barcelona, is more slender than the latter. After the first tense you can find an octagonal platform that houses a restaurant and a viewing point.

Both towers belong to the catalog of the historical-artistic heritage of Barcelona. The station motor is found in Miramar and is directly supported on the ground of the Montjuic’s mountain, 56 meters above sea level.

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