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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  • About 45 minutes train ride from Barcelona.A little tricky to find the right train and to purchase the right ticket. Allow plenty of time to be up in the mountain. Since it was winter the funiculars f...  more »
  • I made the trip by train from Barcelona and we have uploaded walking trails with my family in a drive of an hour and a half. Worth doing so and arrive at a spectacular space as it is the monastery. Ideal doing well early to avoid the number of tourists up.
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  • Photos just cannot do this place justice. It is well worth the train journey if you're visiting Barcelona. 1/2 day is enough to squeeze it it but I think a full day here would be ideal. Phenomenal views, amazing buildings, funky museums and art work around the area. A fun cable car ride up to the top. This place is just breathtaking.
  • It was definitely fascinating. Both the history behind it also the peoples passion to build a monastery like this big on the very very high mountain really shocked me. Also the inside of it is amazingly beautiful, you SHOULD DEFINITELY visit here!! It's more beautiful than most of the monasteries.
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