What is the meaning of the word “Tibidabo”?

What is the meaning of the word “Tibidabo”?

In Latin, “tibi dabo” means “I will give you” and comes from a few verses of the Vulgate Bible where the devil addresses Jesus from a great height, showing the kingdoms of the earth and saying, “All this I will give you if you bow down and worship me”. Tibidabo is also the highest peak in the “Collserola mountain” in Barcelona, arriving at 512 meters above sea level.  

To find the first mention of the mountain in relation to Barcelona, we have to go back to 1283 when King Peter III of Aragon described it as one of the limits of the city. During Medieval times it was known as Puig de l’Àliga (Mount Eagle), but it wasn’t until the 16th century when the monks of St Jeronimo’s monastery gave it its current name:  Tibidabo – a name taken from the gospel of St Matthew and made up of the words ‘tibi’ and ‘dabo’ which in Latin mean “I’ll give you”.


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