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Cemetery of Forgotten Books



The Cemetery of Forgotten Books is like the greatest, most fantastic library you could ever imagine. It's a labyrinth of books with tunnels, bridges, arches, secret sections — and it's hidden inside an old palace in the old city of Barcelona. It's a secret place that very few people know about, and in there you can find all of the books that have been lost, that have been forgotten and that people have tried to destroy. This place is maintained by a secret society of people that are trying to preserve books and memories and ideas. It has been around probably for centuries. And the thing is, the first time you are introduced to this place, you have the right to choose one book from the hundreds of thousands in this huge labyrinth. And when you pick that book, you become responsible for it, and you have to make sure that it never disappears, that it's never destroyed.

"Destiny is usually just around the corner. Like a thief, a hooker, or a lottery vendor: its three most common personifications. But what destiny does not do is home visits. You have to go for it."
— Carlos Ruiz Zafón (The Shadow of the Wind)

The Night Spectacular show at the Tower of David
Recurring multiple times throughout the week, the Night Spectacular is a 45-minute light-and-sound display using the walls beneath the Tower of David as a backdrop, but a simple written description doesn't really do the concept justice. It's hard to fully conceive of what a titanic expanse of age-old monolithic city wall looks like when used as backdrop for the movies until you've seen it done. The moving images, sent from 20 projectors and two projection rooms, tell a wordless, politically neutral pictorial tale of the history of Jerusalem from the time of the Israelite kings down almost to the present day, treating viewers to dramatically larger-than-life reenactments of the deeds of David, the Romans, the monks, Muhammad, the Crusaders, Suleiman the Magnificent and the rest of the historical family. The action hums along a booming orchestral soundtrack by French composed Etienne Perruchon (the display itself is the product of a French multimedia company, Skertzo). It's better than any fireworks show, and while it is child-friendly, adults can enjoy the history lesson and technological wizardry on display.
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TayzeJacksonBell's avatar
Mm! Love me some Shadow of the Wind.  And if I'm not mistaken that's a Fermin quote in the description.