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Early visit Montserrat & Santa Cecilia Church

Early visit Montserrat & Santa Cecilia Church

Start from Barcelona, in a comfortable luxury micro-bus, to the mountain of Montserrat which rises majestically to 4,051 feet (1,236 meter). The rocks of Montserrat were formed by pebbles bound together by a natural cement of sand and clay. The wind and rain shaped the mountain with strange and varied forms. The popular imagination has seen human or animal shape in some of these peaks, giving those names and inventing legends to explain their fantastic origins.

This trip to Montserrat will give you the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful and breath taking views of the Montserrat Mountain, one of nature’s special creations.

 

You will enjoy an early visit to the Basilica of Montserrat. This Sanctuary holds the famous 12th century Romanesque carving of Our Lady of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia, popularly known as “La Moreneta” (the Dark One), due to the dark colour of Her skin.

 

The Benedict monastery of Montserrat has been founded in 1025. The little monastery soon began to receive pilgrims and visitors who contributed to the spread of stories of miracles and wonders performed by the Virgin. Today, Montserrat has been modernized to continue attending to the needs to pilgrims, one thousand years after it was originally founded.

 

You will be given some free time to visit the Audiovisual exhibition about the history and creation of Montserrat. And taste typical liquors of Montserrat.

 

After the visit we will take you to the Montserrat hidden treasure, the ancient monastery of Santa Cecilia de Montserrat, located in a privileged and peaceful place on a natural terrace that offers extraordinary views of the emblematic cliffs of Montserrat , the valleys and also the Pyrenees on clear days.

 

You will enjoy an audio- guided visit of the church that is one of the most outstanding examples of Romanesque architecture in the region. The well-known Irish painter SEAN SCULLY created an exceptional ensemble of painting and stained glass. His work makes Santa Cecilia one of the most outstanding sites in the world for its magnificent fusion of spirituality and avant-garde art. This is a unique in which to appreciate and feel history, art and spirituality in close contact with the natural beauty of Montserrat itself.

 

After the visit you will continue your unforgettable experience enjoying a delicious brunch paired with wines, inside the enclosure.

 

After the brunch we will return to Barcelona.

 

 Available visit:Wednesday & Friday (from 23th March to 31st October)

- Check in time: 7:45h
- Departure time: 8:00h
- Duration: 7 hours approx.

 

 

LANGUAGES: ENGLISH ONLY

 

 

INCLUSIONS

  • Air conditioned luxury micro-bus
  • English guide all the tour
  • Taste of 4 typical liquors of Montserrat.
  • Entrance to the Audiovisual exhibition. The exhibition is based on three fundamental pillars: mountain, monastery and sanctuary. It explains to its visitors the history, natural creation and monastic life.
  • Entrance and audio- guided visit to Santa Cecilia Church.
  • Brunch at Santa Cecilia Church composed by:

             Three “tapas” of the typical gastronomy of the area paired with a cup of white wine, a cup of black wine and a cup of “cava”, typical sparkling wine of Catalonia.

 

EXCLUSIONS

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

 

 



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