Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey

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  • Day842

    Montserrat - monastery and mountain

    September 25, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    50km northwest of Barcelona, legend has it that Montserrat mountain was "sawn by angels to make a throne for the Virgin Mary" and once you actually see the mountain, you know that the description fits perfectly.

    The limestone turrets of rock extend from its 1236m-high bulk where halfway up lies the Benedictine Monestir de Montserrat, home to the Black Madonna, one of Spain's most revered icons. The monastery was founded in 1025 to commemorate visions of the Virgin Mary, accompanied by celestial light and a chorus of holy music, experienced by shepherds and is Spain's second most important pilgrimage sight after Santiago di Compostela.

    The Black Madonna is a Romanesque dark wooden figure holding the infant in her lap, that takes pride of place high above the main altar. Traditionalists believe it was carved by St. Luke and hidden by St. Peter in the mountains. From the long, snaking queue of people who were lining up to touch the icon, it seems that version is very popular still.

    Together with our Dutch friends, Hans and Mireille, we timed our visit to coincide with a short performance by the boys choir and we were not alone! The Basilica, adjacent to the monastery, was absolutely packed with tourists from all over the world who spoilt the atmosphere a little by holding up cameras and tablets while the service was taking place.

    Once outside again, we wandered around and took in the superb views high above the surrounding plains where mountain hiking and trails dispersed some of the crowds.
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  • Day3

    Montserrat (cont’d)

    January 9 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

    The Benedictine Abbey can be reached by road, by the Aeri de Montserrat cable car, or by the Montserrat Rack Railway. The lower stations of both the rack railway and the cable car can be reached by Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya train from Barcelona's Plaça d'Espanya station. From the abbey, the Funicular de Sant Joan funicular railway goes up to the top of the mountain, where there are various abandoned hovels in the cliff faces that were previously the abodes of reclusive monks, while the Funicular de la Santa Cova descends to a shrine.Read more

  • Day2

    Der Berg ruft

    January 7, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 0 °C

    Ich finde ja wenn man schon vor dem Frost flüchtet, muss man aber auch verflixt darauf aufpassen, dass es nicht zu warm wird. Aus diesem Grund sind wir heute auch sicherheitshalber auf den Berg gefahren - und zwar nach Montserrat. Nach einer gemütlichen Stunde im Bummelzug erreichten wir den Ort Monistrol de Montserrat. Von dort düsten wir dann mit der top modernen Zahnradbahn zum Kloster von Montserrat. Zurück ins Tal ging es dann mit der Seilbahn.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Montserrat, Kloster Montserrat, Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, سانتا ماريا دي مونتسيرات, Manati Montserrat, Klášter Montserrat, Monasterio de Montserrat, Montserrateko monasterioa, Abbaye de Montserrat, Mosteiro de Montserrat, סנטה מריה דה מונטסראט, Samostan Montserrat, Մոնսերրատի աբբայություն, Monastero di Montserrat, 몬세라트 수도원, Манастир Санта Марија де Монтсерат, Klooster van Montserrat, Santa Maria de Montserrat, Monastèri de Montserrat, Монсеррат, 蒙特塞拉特修道院

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