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Montserrat Monastery (1/2 day)

It will take about 1 hour from Barcelona to Montserrat.

The Montserrat Natural Park, which emerges as if from a dream, protecting the spiritual essence of Catalonia. For almost 1,000 years, a Benedictine community has lived in these mountains located 60 km away from Barcelona. Their Basilica houses the serene image of the Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia. Sense of spirituality is awoken at the mere sight of the mountain of Montserrat. It’s astonishing rocky outcrops, which rise up into the air like sandcastles, have stimulated the imagination for millennia.

The legend says that in the year 880 some shepherd boys found a statue of the black madonna, the "Moreneta", in a grotto. A chapel was built on this site which soon became a place of pilgrimage. The image now on display is a Romanesque wood carving dating from the late 12th century and the dark tones are the result of the deterioration of the varnish. The Benedictine monastery was founded by Abbot Oliba in 1025, but the 16th-century building and basilica were razed to the ground by Napoleon’s troops in 1811.

After the visit, our driver will take you back to Barcelona.