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Walter Benjamin Memorial

Cementerio de Portbou, 17497 Portbou, Spain
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a pleasant surprise

We got to see this memorial by chance, looking for an alternative way to pass our time during the... read more

Reviewed 7 October 2017
Tel Aviv, Israel
Infinity and beyond

This is one of the most fascinating sculptures I have ever visited. Descending steps encased in... read more

Reviewed 3 June 2017
Carol K
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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Cementerio de Portbou, 17497 Portbou, Spain
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Reviewed 7 October 2017

We got to see this memorial by chance, looking for an alternative way to pass our time during the strike in Catalunya. From the outside the memorial goes unnoticed - a peace of metal, but once you read the story behind it and look through...More

Thank R W
Reviewed 3 June 2017

This is one of the most fascinating sculptures I have ever visited. Descending steps encased in metal you look down through glass on to the sea foaming around rocks. I could have sat for hours. Then you turn and look back up at the sky....More

Thank Carol K
Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

The monument homaging Walter Benjamin is worth a visit. At a walking distance from Portbou main beach. It is a pity that the city hall doesn't keep this monument clean and tidy. It would be a landmark of the area

Thank Tereturi
Reviewed 10 September 2015

Walter Benjamin Memorial is a beautiful and emotional memorial to remember the jewish and german philosopher, who suicided in the little town of Portbou (near the border between Spain and France). The memorial evoke an entrance to the sea from cliff without the possibility of...More

1  Thank AlbertSalichs
Reviewed 12 August 2015

I enjoyed learning about Walter Benjamin's history. It was a fascinating visit and also, probably, the biggest attraction Portbou has to offer.

Thank Lee_Dominguez
Reviewed 17 July 2015

I travel in the Spanish town of Port Bou, on the track of the right to take end of life German art theorists Walter Benjamin. I'm going in this coastal city in Spain. I am sure that it`s full of sun. While saying the sun,...More

1  Thank TravelerZrenjanin
Reviewed 6 October 2014

All the way to Portbou we wondered if we would be the only pilgrims on this grey Catalan autumn day but even off season, on a sunday, the town very quiet, there was a humbled procession of the sort of people who read the New...More

1  Thank senechaldubaron
Reviewed 19 September 2014

It was great that this famous philosopher who was the pre-cursor to post-modernism should be remembered in this little border town. Sad that anti-Semitism cut short the life behind this brilliant mind.

1  Thank slp1112014
Reviewed 23 August 2014

This memorial is so touching- it combines the hope with the tragedy in a very creative way of Danu Caravan.Learn the story before you are going there and please search also the grave of Walter Benjamin, and put there a small stone , like the...More

3  Thank Moshe L
Reviewed 6 June 2014

Interesting structure made of iron with a stairway over the sea in memory of Walter Benjamin, trying to leave the horrors of the events of WW2 behind only to be snagged by bureaucratic paper work, unable to escape. Contrast what that past turbulent time in...More

1  Thank Putz99
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