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Montserrat mountain, monastery and basilica is one of Barcelona and Spain's biggest tourist attractions with breathtaking scenery and amazing rock formations with panoramic views. It is just one hour from Barcelona and is visited by travellers and pilgrims every year.
How to get to Montserrat from Barcelona
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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 the Romans, who named it Mons Serratus. It is also, but less frequently, called Montsagrat by the Catalans, which means “sacred mountain.”
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 its foundation in 1025 by Abbot Oliba.
It has an impressive art museum and in the Basilica you might be lucky and hear one of the oldest boys’ choirs in Europe called "Escolania de Montserrat. The boys choir sing in the Basilica from Monday to Friday at 1pm, when they sing two songs. The boys choir do not sing on Saturdays and do not sing on Spanish school holidays which are from end June to mid September. The boys choir sings at 11.00 for mass on Sundays. A couple of times a year the boys choir is on tour.
Aerial view of Montserrat mountain
Basilica de Montserrat and Benedictine abbey
Elephant rock Montserrat mountain. The famous rock shaped as Elephant head at Montserrat
Basilica de Montserrat monastery interior and the "black virgin" called "La Moreneta"
The basilica is home to one of the oldest boys' choirs in Europe called "Escolania de Montserrat."
Basilica de Montserrat square
Montserrat facilities include a mountain cog railway station from the Llobregat valley to the monastery, an art museum, Hotel Abat Cisneros, several restaurant and cafeterias
Monastery seen from the top of Funicular de Sant Joan, which is one of the two funicular trains that are at the monastery area
The peculiar conglomerate that forms Montserrat mountain.
Arriving at Monserrat by cable car.
Hiking paths from valley up to Montserrat
Breathtaking views from Montserrat mountain
Atrium and entrance to the Montserrat Basilica which is adorned with sculptures of the apostles
Abat Oliba - Bishop Oliba, founder of Montserrat monastery in 1025
The monastery area has a free shuttle bus for people with limited mobility.
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?
Or maybe they are just climbing home?
Montserrat Elephant rock and Eygptian mummy 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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