Make sure you visit this Benedictine monastery, which sits atop a 4,000 foot high mountain and is famous for the statue of the Virgin of Montserrat (the Black Virgin), the patron saint of Cataluña. You can visit the monastery as a day trip from Barcelona, as it is only 35 miles NW of Barcelona. For more information on the monastery, click here.
The monastery is also well known for the Escolanía de Montserrat choir school, which dates back to the 13th century. The choir consists of boys who are from Cataluña and range in age from 9 to 14, and are either sopranos or altos.
The choir performs Monday through Saturday at 1:00pm, and Sundays at 12:00pm. For more information on choir, click here
When visiting Montserrat don’t forget to make some time to visit the Museum of Montserrat, as it has many fine works of art, including works by artists such as El Greco, Picasso, Dalí, and many many more! For ticket information, click here
Did you know…the monastery’s publication company has the oldest printing press in the world; the first book was published in 1499 and the press is still in use today.
Book a private tour! You may want to consider booking a private tour with an English-speaking guide. Your personal guide can provide you with information on the city and its historic sites. For more information on our Montserrat tour via train, click here, Montserrat tour with private transportation, click here, and for information on all of our Barcelona tours, click here.
Photo credit: Bernard Gagnon
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