Montserrat Abbey

Published by Antonio Tajuelo

 

Montserrat Abbey

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.

Montserrat Abbey

Amazing views from Monistrol de Montserrat, where I got out of the train for taking the rack railway.

Montserrat Abbey

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.

Montserrat Abbey

Views from the Montserrat rack railway.

Montserrat Abbey

In this picture you can see the detail of the train rails with the rack rail in the middle.

Montserrat Abbey

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.

Montserrat Abbey

Cremallera de Montserrat station. Just over this station you can find two funicular stations that take you to other places of Montserrat.

Montserrat Abbey
Montserrat Abbey
Montserrat Abbey

Visitor taking a pic of the beautiful views from Montserrat.

Montserrat Abbey

Below Montserrat goes the Santa Cova funicular. Later in this post more about this funicular.

Montserrat Abbey
Montserrat Abbey
Montserrat Abbey

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.

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Montserrat views.

Montserrat Abbey

I love how the clouds shadows appear on the floor!

Montserrat Abbey

Views of Montserrat Abbey, a very special place built on the highs.

Montserrat Abbey

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.

Montserrat Abbey

Taking the Santa Cova funicular. This is a special train for steep slopes.

Montserrat Abbey
Montserrat Abbey

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.

Montserrat Abbey

During the path you can find many religious sculptures.

Montserrat Abbey
Montserrat Abbey
Montserrat Abbey

Visitors on the way to Santa Cova.

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On the top you can see Montserrat Abbey.

Montserrat Abbey
Montserrat Abbey
Montserrat Abbey

Arriving Santa Cova Chapel, the place where Montserrat Virgin was found.

Montserrat Abbey

The chapel looks full of magic. It is quite isolated from everything and you can only get here by the path along the mountain.

Montserrat Abbey
Montserrat Abbey

Candles inside Santa Cova Chapel.

Montserrat Abbey
Montserrat Abbey

Shrine. On the background you can see Montserrat Virgin.

Montserrat Abbey

Inside Montserrat Chapel there are a place where people leave lots of objects carrying symbolic value.

Montserrat Abbey
Montserrat Abbey

Detail of Montserrat Chapel shrine, before leaving it and going to the path again.

Montserrat Abbey

The edge of the mountain is completely vertical. Amazing!

Montserrat Abbey
Montserrat Abbey

Funicular station again. Going up to the Abbey!

Montserrat Abbey
Montserrat Abbey

Montserrat Basilica is the most famous religious building on this place.

Montserrat Abbey
Montserrat Abbey
Montserrat Abbey

Montserrat Sanctuary. Beautiful facade!

Montserrat Abbey

Signs for visitors in Japanese and Korean.

Montserrat Abbey
Montserrat Abbey
Montserrat Abbey

Inside Montserrat Basilica. An incredible place for architecture lovers like me!

Montserrat Abbey
Montserrat Abbey
Montserrat Abbey

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.

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