“The mountains are calling , and I must go.” – John Muir
Montserrat is a mountain range in Catalonia, Spain and it is just a day trip away from the more energetic and vibrant nearby metropolis of Barcelona. This is the La Sardana Monument in Barcelona where our tour group met up and is a part of the Optional tour offered by Cosmos.
On the way to the monastery, you will first get a glimpse of the Montserrat Mountain and the nature surrounding it. Montserrat means “saw mountain” or “serrated mountain” which is how it appears to a person’s naked eye.
The first thing to do when you get there is enjoy the breathtaking view of Catalonia. You can’t help but wonder how nature was able to create such an amazing and unique rock formation.
People in our tour group had different preferences… some went on a funicular or a cable car or some went hiking. But for my husband and I, we enjoyed just sitting down, immersing on the view and enjoying the serenity of the place.
In the mountains of Montserrat we were so amazed with the architecture of the Benedictine Monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat Basilica. But it is not just the physical appearance of the place…it is the feeling of tranquility. Although there were many people there, my husband and I both felt like having an inner peace and calmness. We didn’t seem to mind the chaos that was going on around us.
This is a sculpture of Obat Oliba the founder of the Montserrat Monastery, created by Manuel Cusachs in 1992.
Sculpture of Saint George by Pablo Picasso in a stone wall just outside the Abbey.
This church is a Gothic structure which was severely damaged in Napoleon’s war (1808-1814) and reconstructed in the end of the 19th century.
Christ and the apostles which is on top of the Door of the Basilica.
The Atrium is the open-roofed courtyard area, with its impressive marble flooring that sits directly in front of the Basilica.
More sculptures near the entry.
Above the candles is the image of the Black Madonna made of mosaic.
Before going on this trip, we have researched about this place. But the interior of the Basilica is just magnificent and is much, much more amazing when we saw it in person.
Below is one of the modern art pieces exhibited , and a gorgeous stained glass window both can be found inside the Basilica.