The mountain and Benedictine Monastery of Montserrat, founded in the 11th century, are located in a natural park of extraordinary beauty some 60 kilometres to the west of Barcelona. The Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia – also known as “la Moreneta” or Black Madonna – is worshipped at the shrine in the monastery. The Benedictine community has served the shrine for almost 1,000 years. The monks are mainly dedicated to a life of prayer, study and work, and to welcoming pilgrims, making the site a meeting place for prayer and culture. Besides the monks, the escolans, or altar boys, also live at the monastery, and comprise the oldest boys’ choir in Europe: the Escolania de Montserrat
Abbey: Daily, 7.30am-8pm
Concerts by the Escolania: Mon-Thu: 1pm and 6.45pm; Fri: 1pm; Sun and public holidays: 12 noon and 6.45pm
Visits to the shrine of the Virgin: 8am-10.30am / 12 noon-6.30pm 15th July-30th September: 7.15pm-8pm
The museum houses an outstanding collection of modern and ancient sculptures and well as a selection of paintings spanning the 13th to 18th centuries, featuring works by Berruguete, El Greco, Caravaggio, Luca Giordano and Tiepolo. Its largest and most representative collection comprises 19th- and 20th- century Catalan paintings by Fortuny, Rusiñol, Casas, Nonell, Picasso and Dalí, and other leading artists. It also has a selection of French impressionist works and contemporary prints and works on paper by Chagall, Braque, Le Corbusier, Miró, Dalí and Picasso. The museum is also home to the archaeological collection from the Biblical heartlands which includes pieces from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome and the Holy Land.
Mon-Fri: 10am-5.30pm: Sat, Sun and public holidays: 10am-5.45pm (July, August and September: daily, 10am-6.45pm)
For further information: :
938 777 745
Exhibition and screening of the audiovisual “Montserrat Behind Closed Doors”, which traces the history and everyday life of the Benedictine community at the Monastery of Montserrat.
Mon-Fri: 9am-5.30pm: Sat, Sun and public holidays: 9am-6.55pm (July, August and September: daily, 9am-8.15pm)
For further information: Pl. de la Creu, s/n (08199 Montserrat)
938 777 701 www.abadiamontserrat.net www.montserratvisita.com
The easiest way is to buy one of the Catalan railway (FGC) travel cards which include transport and other services. There are two types:
The ticket includes: travel on the city-centre lines of the FGC and/or metro (to Plaça Espanya station), return trip on FGC train and aeri de Montserrat (cable car) or Cremallera (funicular railway), access to the Santa Cova and Sant Joan funiculars, admission to the Museu de Montserrat, audiovisual “Montserrat Behind Closed Doors” and lunch in the self-service restaurant.
This ticket includes: travel on the city-centre lines of the FGC and/or metro (to Plaça Espanya station), return trip on FGC train and aeri de Montserrat (cable car) or Cremallera (funicular railway), access to the Santa Cova and Sant Joan funiculars, and admission to the audiovisual “Montserrat Behind Closed Doors”.
Montserrat funicular railways:
Sant Joan and Santa Cova funiculars.
The funicular stations operate from points close to the shrine of the Virgin of Montserrat. The Sant Joan funicular runs from outside the shrine to the top of the mountain, and the Santa Cova funicular goes down the mountain to the place where, according to legend, the icon is said to have been found.
For further information: 902 312 020
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