Monday, April 11, 2011

BARCELONA MEDIEVAL: MONTSERRAT

Yesterday, a lovely sunday, we spent a fantastic day in the Montserrat Abbey and Sanctuary, one of the most important monasteries in Catalunya, walking along the paths of the spectacular mountains of Montserrat.

Located 60 km away from Barcelona, this monastery is one of the most important symbols of the Catalan Culture as well as a bastion of resistance against the dictatorship. This mountain is actually a perfect place for hiking and climbing. Next, I would like to show you some pictures of the Montserrat Abbey and the walk along this singular mountain to the highest summit of Montserrat: San Jerónimo.


At the end of this post you will find some useful information about how to arrive.


Montserrat Abbey and Sanctuary

Montserrat Mountain behind the sanctuaryThe apse of the Montserrat Abbey church with Montserrat Mountain behind the sanctuary


Montserrat AbbeyOverview of Montserrat Abbey in Barcelona


Montserrat Abbey coat of armsMontserrat Abbey coat of arms over the main entrance to the building


Montserrat AbbeyMain facade of the Montserrat Abbey


Gothic cloister of Montserrat AbbeyGothic cloister of Montserrat Abbey with Montserrat mountains behind it


View of Montserrat AbbeySoon after we began our walk to San Jerónimo, we enjoyed this view of Montserrat Abbey


Montserrat Mountain


Montserrat Mountains hide curious shapesMontserrat Mountains hide curious shapes like this one on the left: an elephant


The day was lovely and the environment really nice


San Jerónimo


We went upstairs many times before reaching the Montserrat Top: San Jerónimo


The last stairs we have to climb before enjoying the views from the top


San Jerónimo is the highest point of MontserratSan Jerónimo, the highest point of Montserrat. The views are truly fantastic

Nativity scene in San Jerónimo, the highest point of MontserratSan Jerónimo (San Jeroni) is 1236 meters high and next to the top there is this nice Nativity Scene

Stairs  to Sant Jeroni, the highest point in MontserratOverview of the stairs we had to climb to reach Sant Jeroni


View from Sant Jeroni, the highest place in Montserrat
View from Sant Jeroni, the highest place in Montserrat


Montserrat Monastery Church


Stained glass window inside the church of Montserrat abbeyWhen we arrived at Montserrat Abbey after reaching San Jeroni, we entered the church to make a wish to to see "La Moreneta". Before making my wish, I saw this beautiful stained glass window of the church


La Moreneta in Montserrat"La Moreneta", as it's known The Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia, is worshipped at the shrine in the monastery


Church of Montserrat AbbeyOverview of the Montserrat Abbey church



View from Montserrat


Great view from the Montserrat AbbeyFinally, a great view from the Montserrat Abbey in Barcelona


Useful Information:


- How to get there:
  • Train FGC from Pl. Espanya, stop Monistrol de Montserrat + Cremallera.
  • Train FGC, from Pl. Espanya, stop Aeri de Montserrat + Aeri.
  • Bus Julià from Estació de Sants.
- Web site: www.abadiamontserrat.net

If you like monasteries, next you have links to the most interesting monasteries I have visited in Catalonia:


Other fantastic religious buildings you can visit in Barcelona and Catalonia are:



Besides, there are more beautiful towns and places to visit near the city of Barcelona, such as:



Finally, clicking on the next link, you will find more links to other beautiful places and villages in Catalonia.


2 comments:

tmso said...

Wonderful photos. I'd love to visit the Abbey, but can't imagine ever making it over to Spain. Thanks for letting me peak into your world.

Frank said...

You're welcome :) Thanks for your comment!