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. To visit Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey on your trip to Montserrat, use our Montserrat tourist route planner.
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  • August 20, 2017
    perfect..., food, service, views and everything in general... well served with an affable, friendly staff... the food very well prepared... we are repeat offenders and we will return again, insurance!
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  • August 20, 2017
    The monastery of Montserrat is the place of faith of all catalan, there is our Patron Saint, his visit is highly recommended, there are always many people, parking is far away but is a pleasant stroll, it is advisable to make the ascent to the mountain train zipper coming from Monistrol de Montserrat to enjoy the landscape.
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  • August 20, 2017
    If you are in Barcelona for a few days, this is a great 1/2 to 3/4 day trip. We took the train to the cable car and enjoyed the trip. The Monastery was beautiful but you do not need all that much time...  more »
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  • August 28, 2017
    Montserrat is clearly a pretty special place, rich in history. and it goes beyond being a church worth visiting and catching a glimpse of the black madonna. it is a whole complex complete with different places to eat, various shops, hiking/climbing routes, a cable car, stunning outdoor vistas, sleeping accommodation, an art exhibition area and conference center, street vendors selling cheese and honey ... you get the idea. on top of that, there are supposedly positive energy vortexes around here and UFO enthusiasts regularly meet on the mountain looking to connect with their cosmic friends. the ONLY downside i can think of is parking. it is somewhat limited considering the droves of people that pass through each day, all day. and there are not many options for parking elsewhere on the mountain
  • July 4, 2017
    Absolutely beautiful. We had an amazing tour guide too. Once we had our own time we took a walk up the mountain and my boyfriend proposed to me under the Cross ❤❤ I of course said yes. Perfect moment, perfect views and perfect memories. Definitely recommend taking the walk for tge views!
  • June 13, 2017
    Fabulous I had a great time. The only thing It was to hot but that is out of their control The only thing is they need to make the signs more prominent for the last ride from the funicular. I ask the lady and she confirm it was 5:40 PM let her know that 3 ladys where in the trail and she said that the will close and they will need to walk up the mountain and let me tell you. That was really Far down and it will take them very long time To get back up and I did not see the signs giving instructions as how to get out of there I hope they manage to get out on time Other then that ....I HAD A FABULOUS DAY!!!
  • August 3, 2017
    Well thought out for tourists with original character. Very clean and tidy. Nice farmers' stalls. Bought honey and nuts
  • August 24, 2017
    Beautiful church well worth a visit. Also the audio visual show really explains the heart of the place

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