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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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

Montserrat mountain aerial view


Basilica de Montserrat and Benedictine abbey 

Basilica de Montserrat monastery






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Elephant rock Montserrat mountain. The famous rock shaped as Elephant head at Montserrat 

Elephant rock Montserrat mountain. The famous rock shaped as Elephant head at Montserrat



Montserrat mountain aerial view



Basilica de Montserrat monastery interior and the "black virgin" called "La Moreneta"

Basilica de Montserrat monastery interior of church






Montserrat mountain from air



The basilica is home to one of the oldest boys' choirs in Europe called "Escolania de Montserrat."

Monserrat boys' choirs Escolania de Montserrat



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Basilica de Montserrat square

Basilica de Montserrat monastery



Montserrat mountain views


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

 Montserrat monastery plaza


Monastery seen from the top of Funicular de Sant Joan, which is one of the two funicular trains that are at the monastery area

Montserrat monastery views



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Basilica de Montserrat monastery


The peculiar conglomerate that forms Montserrat mountain.

Montserrat mountain rock formation



Arriving at Monserrat by cable car.

Montserrat Aeri cable car


Hiking paths from valley up to Montserrat

Montserrat mountains hiking

Breathtaking views from Montserrat mountain

Montserrat mountains views


Atrium and entrance to the Montserrat Basilica which is adorned with sculptures of the apostles

Basilica de Montserrat monastery


Basilica de Montserrat monastery


Montserrat mountains views


Abat Oliba - Bishop Oliba, founder of Montserrat monastery in 1025

Abat Oliba - founder of Montserrat monastery


The monastery area has a free shuttle bus for people with limited mobility.

Bus Montserrat monastery


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.

Cremallera de Montserrat

The Cremallera de Montserrat goes from FGC station "Monistrol de Montserrat" up to the Basilica de Montserrat monastery

Cremallera de Montserrat


The Funicular de Sant Joan looks almost vertical from the bottom

Funicular de Sant Joan



Funicular de Montserrat


Take the train to FGC station "Montserrat Aeri" to take the cable car up to Montserrat. See how to get to Montserrat from Barcelona

Montserrat Aeri cable car

View from bottom of Montserrat cable car

View from bottom of Montserrat cable car


Montserrat Aeri 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."

Montserrat climbing

See if you can spot the two climbers above on this picture?

Montserrat climbing

Or maybe they are just climbing home?

Montserrat cliff house


Montserrat Ermitage


Montserrat Elephant rock and Eygptian mummy rock

Montserrat rock formations


Montserrat rock formations



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Montserrat has many walking paths and miradors viewing points with fantastic views

Montserrat mirador cross


Saint George St Jordi sculpture by Subirachs. You might recognise the Subirachs style from the passion facade of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Sculpture by Subirachs at Montserrat


Famous rock formations Elephant and Mummy at Montserrat


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Rock formation Montserrat mountain



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Sunrise at Montserrat. To experience this you can stay at the Hotel Abat Cisneros

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Shakira video "Empire" - filmed at Montserrat and at Colònia Sedó industrial village near Montserrat




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