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Above the town, at the small cities cemetery, the memorial of one of Europas sharpest intellectuals... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2018
Cologne, Germany
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 8 October 2017
Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Benjamin commited suicide there, the monument is moving but the mood matches the whole town. If you are in Portbou, probably the"best attraction"

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

Above the town, at the small cities cemetery, the memorial of one of Europas sharpest intellectuals sits between sea, stone and sky. A place to contemplate history and personal tragedy; sad, striking and inspiring.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank jacologne
Reviewed 8 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

Date of experience: October 2017
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

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Carol K
Reviewed 17 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

Date of experience: July 2016
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

Date of experience: July 2015
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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.

Date of experience: August 2015
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

Date of experience: August 2014
3  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

Date of experience: October 2014
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.

Date of experience: September 2014
1  Thank slp1112014
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