Montserrat Monastery

 Visit the Monastery of Montserrat. Tourist information about the Benedictine monastery located in Monserrat Mountain.
Aerial view of the monastery. Author: Cristian Atudoroae (Montserrat Photos)
Benedictine monastery with 1000 years of history located in the Montserrat mountain, at a height of 720 meters above sea level, in the middle of an spectacular landscape. It is a symbol of Catalonia and a center of pilgrimage for devotees and tourists. The present monastic community has about 80 monks.His very popular holiday is celebrated on April 27 (the feast of Our Lady of Montserrat), preceded by the Eve in the previous day.
The monastic complex, irregular shaped due to acidentado relief, is composed of two blocks of buildings with different functions: on the one hand the 16th century basilica and the monastery dependencies, and, on the other, the buildings for pilgrims and visitors. The basilica, a transition from Gothic to Renaissance, has a single nave with Gothic arches supported by central columns, 6 side chapels and Romanesque apse. Here it can be listen the Escolania, the Europe's oldest boys' choir.
Highlights
The interior of the basilica. In the eclectic decoration stands out the sculptures of the prophets located in central buttresses. At the top, under a golden pavilion it can be seen the silver throne with the image of Saint Mary presiding the entire nave.
The main facade of the basilica, designed by Francesc Folguera (1947).
The alcove or chapel of the Virgin, located in the back of the church.
The Moreneta. The image of the Virgin of Montserrat also known as the Black Madonna (Moreneta) is a Romanesque wood carving located in the basilica. Represents the Madonna with the child sitting on his lap and measures about 95 inches tall.
The side chapels, richly decorated.
The refectory from the 17th century and renovated in the 20th century, has a mosaic depicting Christ in Majesty while in the opposite area you can see a triptych with scenes from the life of Saint Benedict.
The cloister, designed by architect Josep Puig, with two floors sustained by stone columns.
The museum , one of the most important art galleries in Spain, offers 6 collections of paintings and biblical objects.
Contact
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Contact
Address: 1 Montserrat Abbey - Monistrol de Montserrat (Barcelona) 08199
Tel.: +34 938 777 766
Email: informacio@larsa-montserrat.com
Website: www.montserratvisita.com
Timetable
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Timetable
Visit to the Basilica
7.30am to 8pm

Visit to the alcove of the Virgin
July 15 - September 30: 8am to 10.30am, 12am to 6.15pm and 7.30pm to 8pm.
The rest of the year: 8am to 10.30am and 12am to 6.15pm.
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Prices
Free visit
How to get here
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How to get here
By train. FGC (R5 line). From Barcelona (Plaça de Espanya) and Manresa, every hour trains depart with stops at Montserrat-Aeri and Monistrol Montserrat train stations. The Montserrat Rack Railway connects the Monistrol of Montserrat andMonistrol - Vila stations with the monastery in a route of more than 5 kilometers in 15 minutes.
By cable car. The Aeri de Montserrat is the fastest way to get to Montserrat, in just 5 minutes. The cable car departs from the Aeri de Montserrat train stop.
By bus. The company Autocars Julià offers a regular line that daily runs the route Barcelona (Sants Station) - Montserrat.
By car. There are car parkings next to the sanctuary and at the Monistrol - Vila and Montserrat - Aeri train stations.
Location
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Location
GPS: 41°35'35.5"N 1°50'13.0"E / 41.593187, 1.836949
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