The first was a visit to the Museu Maritim. It holds one of the finest exhibits any maritime museum could have. A full size replica of Juan de Austria's flagship at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. Unfortunately, this exhibit no longer has oars or the over deck walkway. This is a shame, but the exhibit is still worth seeing. At least the model gives views you can no longer see for yourself on the bigger version.
The stern is spectacular - this is a very big row boat, it is 60m (the best part of 200 feet) long.
It really is a beautiful reconstruction.
At one point on the hull side, planks have been removed to show the hold and construction.
Aft, there are a couple of small swivel guns (hackbuts).
The forecastle from just aft of it.
It has a magnificent prow, though the guns are missing. I think they were there the last time I visited. Just in front you can see the glass enclosed model - I mention the glass because taking photos through it is a pain.
I have to mention, that whenever I see this ship, I wonder if the design of the prow has the same phallic 'prominence' as a modern sports car's bonnet (US - hood).
This is the best photo of the model I got to take (of 6) having ducked under an exclusion rope (naughty) to get it all in, on zoom, in hand held focus. What a bloody beauty! The museum has a lot of very nice models, some of which follow but lets have some more of this one first, shall we (sorry about the glass reflections)?
There are several other models at the museum worthy of note. This is an original builders model for a Spanish 80 gun third rate. The particular model dates from around 1740 - it looks good for a model made 275 years ago.
Here we have a model of the Spanish ship of exploration Victoria c.1519
A Greek merchant vessel from the 4th century BC. Slightly off military, but one of my naval periods for which models in museums are few and far between.
Here's me taking a shot through another pain of glass. This time of a stunning model of Barcelona's coastline in the fifteenth century.
It really is a model to play 1:600 (ish) on.
A day or two later, I dragged the family up the hill (we took the over harbour cable car up most of the way) to Montjuic Castle. This is a serious piece of kit just outside the main entrance.
Makers plate on the above.
The castle is a Vauban style small fortress with a very simple square courtyard at is heart.
This is interesting. just through the main outer gate the passage splits to go left and right.
The inner rampart from the outside. It was converted to a prison, so I have a feeling the windows might not have been part of the original design?
Typical dry moats and outer defences, from the inside.
The passage into the inner courtyard.
It really is a very simple square yard with large barrack rooms off it.
A model of the fortress in one of the 'barrack rooms'. It's a very good size to be modelled - compact and bijou.
So, there it is, my military bit of Barcelona.