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Montserrat Monastery

08199 Montserrat, Barcelona, España

With more than a thousand years of history, the Monastery of Montserrat is one of the essential visits from Barcelona and it is not surprising if we consider that landscape, symbolism, spirituality, magic and architecture come together in this place to offer the traveler a unique experience.
On the one hand by the peculiar landscape in which the architectural ensemble of the Monastery is inscribed, the Montserrat Mountain, an amazing scenario composed of unique and whimsical natural sculptures that have given rise to innumerable myths and legends over the centuries and that today it is a protected space, a natural park unique in the world.
On the other, for the spirituality of a Shrine that gathers thousands of pilgrims every year and in which it is said that the German army sought the Holy Grail. Legend has it that in the year 880 an image of the virgin was found in a cave and since then this mountain became a place to pay homage to the virgin of Montserrat, proclaimed patron saint of Catalonia and popularly known as “La Moreneta”.
The splendid Basilica of the Monastery is the place that houses the famous figure of the Virgin of Montserrat and in which it is possible to enjoy daily the famous choir of the Escolanía, one of the oldest and most prestigious musical institutions in Europe. The Monastery is home to other areas of interest such as the cloister, the work of Puig i Cadafalch, a splendid library and the Montserrat Museum, one of the most important in Catalonia with works by artists such as Picasso, Caravaggio, Rusiñol, Dalí and Tàpies, among others.
Outside the walls, several squares decorate and organize the complex that has several funiculars that connect the Monastery with hermitages-viewpoints such as Sant Joan, which offers an impressive panoramic view of the mountain of Montserrat and the Monastery from a bird’s eye view.