Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, Montserrat

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A Benedictine abbey perched on the craggy rock face of Montserrat mountain, Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey serves as one of Catalonia's most important spiritual sites. Alongside the basilica and monastery, the grounds also feature a sanctuary famous for hosting the image of the patron saint of Catalonia, Our Lady of Montserrat. Featuring grand Gothic and Renaissance architecture, the basilica is a work of art in itself, but also houses a museum with paintings and sculptures from the likes of Picasso, El Greco, and Dali. If you're comfortable with heights, make the trip by cable car for superb views of the mountain and surrounding area. Work out when and for how long to visit Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey and other Montserrat attractions using our handy Montserrat trip planner.
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  • Our Viator guide collected us at the top and gave us an overview of the events of the day. With time to explore on our own Dave and I chose to visit the Museum of Montserrat which surprisingly holds.....  more »
  • We took the train from Barcelona and then the tram which took us up the mountain. Christian church/Abbey on top of mountain with many hiking trials. Abbey houses the Black Madonna and also has a...  more »
  • Somewhere between mountains, abbey placed. This is a nice place, but the main difference is outside. The mountains seems like stone giants. You can see them and they changes depend on angle, you look....  more »
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  • Amazing monastery! 😍📿🙏 Views are spectacular! Photos don't even do justice. You have bunch of side trails that you can hike around. You can also take the cable-car for €13, or go to the Art Museum for €8, or just go to the church and listen to the choir sing at 1pm. Souvenir shops are fun, they do liquor tasting for €3 and you also have the mini street market with local food choices. Free samples there! :)) All in all, if you wanna do all things around, I'd suggest a whole day. There's a lot of interesting history behind this place so it's always fun to go back through time and wake your inner Indiana Jones! 😁 Hopefully with the right guide you'll like it as much as I did! :)
  • Amazing place, high up in the mountains about one hour outside Barcelona.The abbey buildings are beautiful specially the main church and the vistas from up there to the lower valleys are incredibly. There are also a number of paths of different lengths an levels for those interested in doing a bit of hiking. Highly recommended for a visit.
  • Church is beautiful. Worth going But if doing a guided tour, there is not enough time for the art gallery, and audiovisual is at set times. Certainly don't have time for the church + climbing to the top to the cross
  • Very nice Abbey in Montserrat. This is the place where you can find the Black Madonna. It can get really busy in the morning and it’s better to go in the afternoon. This is especially true fir the summer months. It’s better to go during the autumn months when is less busy. If your are already in the Montserrat mountains area it’s work that visits.
  • It was very majestic. The architecture is amazing and there a neat little street vendors that sell candies. And you can use the trains and cable cars to go up the mountain.

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