It’s not every day (I hope) that you have the opportunity to visit a prison. Usually, you have more chance to discover the carceral universe watching movies, but visit one in real life is an unusual experience.

Actually, it is one of the most original visits that you can do in Barcelona. If you want to avoid the super crowded touristic city center, you won’t be disapointed by the prison.

Since summer 2017, the entrance court, the Panopticon tower, the cells, and the 4th and 5th galleries are opened to the public. Built between 1881 and 1904, this prison is a symbol of Spain’s political repression. La Modelo hosted over 1,000 executions during the Franco Era.

While shooting the architecture of the building and catching the special atosmosphere, I felt like a prisonner during a couple of hours.

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Inside the prison

The core of the prison

Built on a Panopticon model

Big mirror in the exterior patio

Playing with reflections

Some neighbours have a very uncommon view

One of the 6 Galleries

The rooms – 8 people could fit inside

The barber

The canteen

The nursery

The visiting Room