Published by Antonio Tajuelo
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Montserrat Abbey, located in the Barcelona province at 700 meters over the sea level, is one of the most amazing places in Barcelona for me. I have never been in this place before, so this is a exploration trip for me.
You can get to Montserrat by train from Plaça d'Espanya and then taking the cableway or the rack railway to the top of the mountains.
Amazing views from Monistrol de Montserrat, where I got out of the train for taking the rack railway.
Going into the rack railway! The rack railway is a special train used by Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat that can operate on steep grades. In addition of the classical two rails used by most trains, this train uses a third rack rail.
Views from the Montserrat rack railway.
In this picture you can see the detail of the train rails with the rack rail in the middle.
Views from the top of Montserrat are just overwhelming. It is an amazing place where you can see many of the mountains from the Bages region.
Cremallera de Montserrat station. Just over this station you can find two funicular stations that take you to other places of Montserrat.
Visitor taking a pic of the beautiful views from Montserrat.
Below Montserrat goes the Santa Cova funicular. Later in this post more about this funicular.
It is impressive how all the buildings at Montserrat are placed next to the rock cliffs. Without any doubts, this is a unique place and I recommend everyone giving it a visit.
I love how the clouds shadows appear on the floor!
Views of Montserrat Abbey, a very special place built on the highs.
Before going into the basilica, it is time to explore the surroundings. The way starts in Santa Cova funicular, that takes you a step down on the mountain, where we take a path along the cliffs.
Taking the Santa Cova funicular. This is a special train for steep slopes.
After the funicular ride, we need to walk along the mountain cliffs in order to get to Santa Cueva de Montserrat, where the Virgin was found in year 880. The path is built directly on the mountain and it takes about 25 minutes.
During the path you can find many religious sculptures.
Visitors on the way to Santa Cova.
On the top you can see Montserrat Abbey.
Arriving Santa Cova Chapel, the place where Montserrat Virgin was found.
The chapel looks full of magic. It is quite isolated from everything and you can only get here by the path along the mountain.
Candles inside Santa Cova Chapel.
Shrine. On the background you can see Montserrat Virgin.
Inside Montserrat Chapel there are a place where people leave lots of objects carrying symbolic value.
Detail of Montserrat Chapel shrine, before leaving it and going to the path again.
The edge of the mountain is completely vertical. Amazing!
Funicular station again. Going up to the Abbey!
Montserrat Basilica is the most famous religious building on this place.
Montserrat Sanctuary. Beautiful facade!
Signs for visitors in Japanese and Korean.
Inside Montserrat Basilica. An incredible place for architecture lovers like me!
And we say good bye to out visit to Montserrat for very high. I hope you enjoyed learning about this amazing place in the Barcelona province.