Barcelona, Spain, Catalonia, Spain
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The magical and Holly Mountain of Montserrat or “serrated mountain” is a rocky massif that stands out in dramatic scenery at some 4,000 feet on the see level, perched on the Llobregat River.
This unique landscape in the world, crisscrossed by several cable cars and funiculars, is a natural park and hosts the holly shrine and a millennium year old monastery built to worship the “Moreneta” (little black Madonna), a XII century Romanesque wooden carving that Catalans thrive to visit and touch.
The Escolania (children’s choir), started in 1223, is the oldest music school in Europe still in function. Visitors to the basilica can enjoy their angel’s voices six days a week –not in July.
The Montserrat Benedictine abbey is also a cultural centre, including an impressive old library (300.000 books) and the art Museum, showing pieces from Egyptian, Mesopotamian and Greek times, the middle ages (Caravaggio, El Greco), to contemporary art: Picasso, Miró, Dalí or Tàpies.
A transportation system (chauffeured vehicle) is needed for this tour, which could be booked upon request. It takes an one hour to get there from Barcelona through an amazing panoramic winding road. Tour length: 5 hours.
This outing can also be combined with a further visit to the Penedès wine and Cava County, or the classy beach resort of Sitges, on the coast.
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