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Montserrat Shrine, Barcelona, Spain

 
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blackangel_66's pictureby blackangel_66 Outdoors Activities travel tip
added on the 20th of January, 2010
If you spend some time in Barcelona, you can take a one day trip to the nearby Montserrat Shrine. The monastery is one of the most popular sites for pilgrimage in Spain. The statue of the Black Madonna, or La Moreneta is the saint protector of Catalonia.

According to the legend, the statue was carved by St.Lucas in about 50 AD. later it was hidden from the Moors and discovered in the 9th century in miraculous circumstances.

The monastery is almost on the top of the 1300 m high mountain, and the view from there is breathtaking. Besides that the buildings are beautifully decorated ant it's huge. The Black Madonna is a wooden statue of the Virgin with the child Jesus.

You should also listen to the Escolania, one of the oldest boy's choir in Europa that dates back to the 13th century. They sing every day at 13pm the Salve Regina and the hymn of the monastery.

Address:
Barcelona, Spain

Opening Hours:
Free!

How to get there:
Go with train from Barcelona, with the Ferrocarrils de a Generalitat de Catalunya, there are 12 trains per day leaving from Placa d'Espagna. The cable way to the monastery is included into the price, which is 12 Euros roundtrip.

 
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compvend wrote on Jun 16, 2010 1:23:
Sounds great, going this summer at barcelona, i like hiking, surely will go to visit this mountain, looking for info i found also http://www.world-rt.com/ giving great local info and tips tooReply
 
 
 
 
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