Barcelona, a photo a day

Santa Maria de Montserrat


Shame on us! After almost 4 years in Barcelona, we finally went to one of the top places to see in Catalunya: Montserrat. More specifically to the benedictine abbey Santa Maria de Montserrat.

The monastery is Catalonia’s most important religious retreat and groups of young people from Barcelona and all over Catalonia make overnight hikes at least once in their lives to watch the sunrise from the heights of Montserrat. Virgin of Montserrat (the black virgin), is Catalonia’s favorite saint, and is located in the sanctuary of the Mare de Déu de Montserrat, next to the Benedictine monastery nestling in the towers and crags of the mountain. The Escolania, Montserrat’s Boys’ Choir is one of the oldest in Europe, and performs during religious ceremonies and communal prayers in the basilica. Montserrat, whose name means serrated mountain, is 48 kilometres (approx 30 miles) west of Barcelona, and can be reached by road, train or cable car. We took the train, no Harley available.

We’ll be in France for a couple of days, for a well earned but short rest, so we will be blogging from there. After the beach, of course.

Anyway, click here to check out the English version of the abbey’s website.

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6 responses

  1. haha! enhorabuena! ^0^
    just read your post on this.
    too bad we didn't get the chance to see this enchanting place last winter.
    but so glad you and dear mandy finally did!

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    July 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm

  2. Better late than never you two, from you image I can see that it was more than worth the trip even if it wasn't no a Harley haha! Unbelievably beautiful vista.

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    July 15, 2012 at 7:56 am

  3. This place is so special and you got a fabulous shot!Breathtaking view!
    Léia

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    July 13, 2012 at 11:10 am

  4. so glad you finally went up there. the view is grand. have fun in france! we're planning on visiting south central france in september.

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    July 13, 2012 at 11:03 am

  5. Those Benedictines really knew where to build.
    It looks like a whole city.

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    July 13, 2012 at 8:31 am

  6. 16 years ago I took an excursion from Lloret by bus – thank you for the wonderful memories.

    Please have you all a good Friday.

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    July 12, 2012 at 10:02 pm