Montserrat hike

Here are a few pictures of our hike to the Monistir of Montserrat and beyond.

Starting in the village of Monistrol de Montserrat, we hiked to the Monastery, which is about 3/4 of the way up to the top of the Montserrat massif. About halfway up, we got some amazing views of Santa Cova de Montserrat, the cave in which the Virgin de Montserrat was supposedly hidden for protection during the Moorish Invasions. Legend has that is was later discovered by shepherds in 880 AD.

Once at the monastery, we were able to take a funicular (gravity car … and best word ever) to the massif ridge line. We then hiked up the ridge line for another few miles to the summit of the massif, Mount Jeroni at 4055 feet.

Enjoy the pics!

Santa Maria de Montserrat

From the village of Monistrol de Montserrat, we hiked up to Santa Maria de Montserrat, which is nestled in the rocks about halfway to the top of the Montserrat massif. The Benedictine monastery was founded in the 11th century, and with over 70 monks in residence, is still functioning Abbey today.

The monastery is notable for housing the Virgin of Montserrat in its basilica. The Virgin of Montserrat is the title given to a venerated statue of the Madonna and Child, which as legend goes, was moved to Montserrat in 718 AD to avoid danger from invading Saracens.

The statue itself is one of the ‘Black Madonnas of Europe’, and it’s Catalonian name is ‘La Moreneta’, or ‘The Little Dark-Skinned One’. It once bore the Latin inscription ‘’Nigra Sum Sed Formosa“, which translates to “I am black, but beautiful.” She is the Patron Saint of Catalonia.

Here are a few pictures of our visit to the monastery …