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Montserrat mountain is home to the Basilica de Montserrat and Montserrat Benedictine abbey. The abbey is called "Monasterio de Santa María de Montserrat" and in the Catalan language "Monestir de Santa Maria de Montserrat". Montserrat is one of Barcelona and Spain's most famous tourist attractions with breathtaking scenery, unique rock formations, panoramic views and 1000 years of legend, culture and history. Montserrat is just one hour from Barcelona and is visited by millions of travellers and pilgrims each year.
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The name Montserrat means "serrated mountain." Serrated, or jagged mountain is a perfect name for this unusual and jagged mountain massif. The name originates from Roman times, when it was named Mons Serratus. It is also, but less frequently, called Montsagrat by the Catalans, which means “sacred mountain.”
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Montserrat Monastery seen from the Funicular de Sant Joan, which is one of the two funicular trains that are at the monastery area.
Montserrat is home to the "Santuari de La mar de Déu" the "Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montserrat" which is one of Spain’s most famous Benedictine monasteries, the Monestir de Montserrat and home to the famous Black virgin of Montserrat. The Montserrat monastery has a history spanning almost a thousand years since it was founded in 1025 by Abbot Oliba.
St. Michael's cross. Cruz de San Miguel at Montserrat. From here there are beautiful views towards the Monastery, of the Bages plain and the Pyrenees and towards Barcelona city and the Mediterranean sea.
The Basilica de Montserrat monastery is home to the famous Montserrat black virgin sculpture called "La Moreneta" La Moreneta is 12th century wooden sculpture which is venerated for her healing powers and miracles.
One of the popular things to do on visit to Montserrat monastery is to hear the Montserrat boys choir sing. The Montserrat boys choir is one of the oldest boys’ choirs in Europe. It is called the "Escolania de Montserrat. The boys choir sing in the Basilica from Monday to Friday at 1pm, when they sing two songsm, the Salve and the Virolai which takes about 10 to 15 minutes in total. It is a good tip to be inside the church 30 minutes before they sing in the winter and 45 minutes before in the summer. The boys choir does not sing on Saturdays and they do not sing on Spanish school summer holidays which are from end June to mid September or during Christmas school holidays. The boys choir sings at 11.00 for mass on Sundays. A couple of times a year the boys choir are on tour.
Sunrise views of Montserrat mountain near Barcelona
The "Santa Cova de Montserrat" chapel is perched on the mountain side of Montserrat. Legend has it that the Virgin of Montserrat sculpture was found here by shepherd boys in the 9th century. They found the Virgin of Montserrat in the cave behind the Santa Cova chapel. It is possible to visit the Santa Cova, but the present Virgin of Montserrat sculpture is in the basilica and not in the Santa Cova.
Montserrat is home to the "Santuari de La mar de Déu" the "Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montserrat" which is one of Spain’s most famous Benedictine monasteries, the Monestir de Montserrat and home to the famous Black virgin of Montserrat. The Montserrat monastery has a history spanning almost a thousand years .It was founded in 1025 by Bishop Oliba, Abat Oliba, who was the first Abbot of Montserrat.
Aerial view of Montserrat mountain which is about 1 hour west of Barcelona
Montserrat mountain has many amazing rock formations and almost all of them have names. The Elephant rock on Montserrat mountain is perhaps the most famous rock on Montserrat because of its natural shape of an elephant head and trunk.
Montserrat church is usually full for the daily performance at 1pm of Salve and Virolai by the boys choir "Escolania de Montserrat." The boys choir does not sing during school holidays and on Saturdays.
St. Michael's cross - Cruz de San Miguel at Montserrat
Plaza de Santa María at Montserrat monastery
Sunset views from Montserrat towards Barcelona and the Mediterranean sea
Views towards the snow-capped Pyrenees mountains which can be seen from Montserrat mountain on a clear day
Montserrat facilities include a mountain cog railway station to take visitors up from the Llobregat valley to the monastery area. At the monastery area there are 2 funicular railways, a gift shop, an art museum, a 3 star hotel calledHotel Abat Cisneros and several restaurants and cafeterias
Monastery seen from Funicular de Sant Joan, which is one of the two funicular trains that are at the monastery area
Boundary cross from 15th century
The peculiar conglomerate rock that forms Montserrat mountain.
Visitors can choose to take a cable car up to Monserrat monastery
Hiking paths from valley up to Montserrat mountain
Breathtaking views from Montserrat mountain
Atrium and entrance to the Montserrat Basilica
Abat Oliba - Bishop Oliba, founder of Montserrat monastery in the year1025
The monastery area has a free shuttle bus for people with limited mobility which starts from around 10am.
There are three train stations by the monastery. The "Cremallera de Montserrat" is the rack railway train from the valley up to the monastery area. The "Funicular de la Santa Cova" and "Funicalar de Sant Joan" are funicular mountain trains to different locations on Montserrat mountain.
The Cremallera de Montserrat goes from FGC station"Monistrol de Montserrat" up to the Basilica de Montserrat monastery
The Funicular de Sant Joan looks almost vertical from the bottom
Take the train to FGC station "Montserrat Aeri" to take the cable car up to Montserrat. See how to get to Montserrat from Barcelona
View from bottom of Montserrat cable car
Montserrat is a popular location for climbers. There is a small camp site for climbers and hikers near the monastery called "Area Esportiva i D'Acampada."
See if you can spot the two climbers above on this picture?
Can you see the Sant Dimes hermitage wedged between 2 rocks?
Montserrat Elephant rock and Eygptian mummy (La Momia) rock
Montserrat has many walking paths and miradors viewing points with fantastic views
Saint George St Jordi sculpture by Subirachs. You might recognise the Subirachs style from the passion facade of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
Famous rock formations Elephant and Mummy at Montserrat
Sunrise at Montserrat. To experience this you can stay at the Hotel Abat Cisneros
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