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Monistrol de Montserrat

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  • Day17

    Montserrat Monastery

    April 11, 2017 in Spain

    On my last day in Barcelona I decided to escape the city and head for the hills. A short one hour in a small minibus saw our group of 15 English speaking tourists to the Montserrat Monastery. It was built in the 10th century after an image of the Virgin Mary was found in a cave in the hills. The Monastery and surrounding buildings are beautiful, nestled under the dramatic peaks of the "serrated mountain".

    The statue if the Virgin was placed in a stunning gold arch inside the church above the alter. People queue for hours to get a few seconds with her to touch and pray. The guide gave us the history of the Monastery and also some tips for what to do in the four hours we had there. There was many choices and some people stay overnight here at the hotel or camp in the small campground on the side of the mountain.

    I chose to take the funicular up to the top of the mountain ridge. From here you got stunning views of the Monastery below. Many walks and treks started from here but I chose to ride back down and walk to another lookout point called the cross. This was about 30minutes uphill in the heat of the day but the views were definitely worth the pain!.

    A twenty minute walk downhill saw me reach the church in time for a special small ceremony in which a boys choir sings two songs. It was very moving and the acoustics in the church very good.

    So far the day trips I've done have been worth every penny.
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  • Day1

    מונסרט

    October 7, 2016 in Spain

    זו תוכננה להיות העצירה הראשונה שלנו, אבל לקח אינסוף זמן לשכור רכב אז נאלצנו לוותר...
    לפחות ראינו את הרכס המשונן שלו מהדרך :)

    מה שפספסנו זה הר עם מנזר גדול ומרשים שיש בו מקהלת ילדים שאמורה להיות מוצלחת. במנזר יש גם את פסל המדונה השחורה שהוא מאד קדוש. חבל.

  • Day8

    Montserrat

    October 14, 2016 in Spain

    עלינו עם הרכב לחניה העליונה של המונסרט.
    יש שתי חניות - התחתונה חינמית (אבל אז צריך לשלם על רכבל כדי לעלות) והעליונה בתשלום ועולה 6.5 יורו לכל היום.

    טיפ של אלופים: לא משנה כמה אתם רעבים, הפיצה בקפיטריה מגעילה, עזבו.

  • Day82

    Montserrat Monastery

    November 24, 2017 in Spain

    Day trip to Montserrat Monastery today. An hour and a half each way, plus 25min ish for the cable car up the mountain. Cable car was cool and only slightly terrifying.

    The abbey and Basilica are set amongst the rocks of the Monserrat mountains. The monastery began in the 10th century, and still functions as a monastery today (there are roughly 80 monks in residence). It celebrated 1000 years of existence in 1880. Interesting history - it was burned down and sacked by Napoleon's troops twice, and violently suppressed during the Spanish Civil War. It became a safe haven for scholars, students, artists and politicians during Franco's reign - and as a result became a symbol for Catalan nationalism.

    The Basilica is impressive and gilt and golden and ornate - but really seems like missing the point when you have such natural beauty around. Lot of tourists even in the off season. Not a tourist trap or terrible experience by any means but still felt a bit disingenuous. Heard the boys choir sing in the church - which was nice enough.

    Nature and surrounds were beautiful. There were several hiking paths. We did one walk (Santa Cova) which was pretty cool - the cliff face had religious art, the other side beautiful natural views. The church of Santa Cova at the end was definitely lovely, small and built into the rock face. Very peaceful.

    Then came home (had to stand for the one hour train back) and had takeaway pasta (from the same place yet again). Overall a good enough, if somewhat underwhelming day.
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  • Day9

    Nach unserer ersten Nacht in Ulis "Lieblingshotel " planen wir bei gutem Frühstück im Nachbarcafé unseren Ausflug in die Berge Montserrat und in den Guell Park nach Barcelona. So wirklich sind die Kinder nicht mehr zu motivieren, jeden Tag Bewegung, jeden Tag Strecke. Fast klaglos auf dem Weg nach Montserrat erscheint vor uns eine grandiose große, graue, zerklüftete Felswand - unglaublich. Die Kinder haben aber schon so viel "Unglaubliches" gesehen, dass sich ihre Begeisterung in Grenzen hält. Hin und wieder kommt ein "ja, cool" - wahrscheinlich können sie meine Begeisterung für große Steine schon gar nicht mehr hören. Die Erwähnung des Wortes "Kloster" auf dem Berg vermeide ich, die Gefahr, wir besichtigen noch eine Kirche, ist zu groß;-) Neben uns möchten heute am Karfreitag natürlich noch viele andere die Welt von oben betrachten und der Weg auf den Berg Montserrat wird gebremst durch 2 km Stau in Serpentinenform. Die erste Straßenbucht ruft zur Kehrtwende. Der Berg sieht von unten sowieso viel imposanter aus. Und schon sind wir auf dem Weg zu unserem zweiten Tagesziel - dem Güell Park in Barcelona - einem Garten von Gaudi.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Monistrol de Montserrat, Монистроль-де-Монсеррат

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