Spain-Morocco 2015

Montserrat: the most sacred place in Catalunya

 

 

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This dramatically situated monastery has been Catalunya’s most important pilgrimage site for a thousand years.

This is how we got there: first we took a train from Placa d’Espanya:

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Then, the little German-built cable car:

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According to the local tradition, in medieval times, some shepherd children saw lights and heard songs coming from the mountain. They traced the sounds to a cave (now called Sacred Cave), where they found the Black Virgin statue – La Moreneta, making the local monastery a pilgrim destination.

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The main focus in the Basilica is on La Moreneta – the statue of the Black Virgin, discovered in the Sacred Cave in the 12th century. Pilgrims line up patiently to be able to touch the hand of Virgin Mary.

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Ignatius Loyola was here in March 1522.

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You can easily spend a full day in Montserrat. It is a very unique place.

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1 Comment

  1. Basia
    August 13, 2015 at 2:46 pm — Reply

    That cable car is so cool!

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