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  • Flowers in bloom at Montserrat
    Flowers in bloom at Montserrat
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  • The serrated peaks of Montserrat
    The serrated peaks of Montserrat
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    A lively piazza

    by rexvaughan Written Jul 9, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The plaza in front of the monastery and basilica is always alive with tourists and pilgrims. While we were there this band from Germnay was performing and I would guess that such things are pretty common here. It is a lovely place to relax, people watch and look out at the wonderful vistas of the mountains.

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    Serrated Mountains

    by rexvaughan Written Jul 9, 2005

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    Favorite thing: I am guessing, but I thnk Montserrat roughly translates to serrated mountains said in religious folklore to have been carved by angels with golden saws. That is certainly their appearance. This beautiful monastery and basilica sit high (1200 meters) in the Calalunyan mountains. The monastery is a community of some 80 Benedictines whose music school produces wonderful sacred concerts by the boys choir.

    I am not sure about St. Benedict's presence here, but Ignatius Loyola stopped here after his conversion on his way to Jerusalem via Barcelona. Loyola's pivotal vision took place just a few miles away at Manresa.

    Fondest memory: Taking the cable car and viewing the magnificent mountains. Hearing the boys choir in the Basilica. Seeing the Madonna and visiting the Museum.

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    The beautiful serrated mountains

    by seamandrew Written Jul 3, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The Montserrat mountain mass is sedimentary, and its rocks are made up of a conglomeration of pebbles held in limestone.

    The movements of the earth, climatic changes and erosion over thousands of years have shaped an abrupt landscapes, with large walls and round blocks. Chemical reactions have opened caves, chasms and caverns inside it.

    When you examine the rock along the many paths up at Sant Joan, you can see the make of the rock and how it is make up of pebbles that seem to have been laborously placed in the limestone.

    Fondest memory: With such beautiful blue skies, the ragged peaks of these giant rock monoliths were quite an amazing sight for the eyes.

    The serrated peaks of Montserrat
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    Spirituality, Culture, and Nature all in one place

    by seamandrew Updated Jul 3, 2004

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    Favorite thing: What I found most amazing about Montserrat was not only was it a spiritual retreat and cultural icon, but it was also located among one of the largest forests in all of Europe. The scenery and views of the landscapes were incredible.

    As for the forests, Montserrat abounds with the vegetation that is typical of the Mediterranean woods. Evergreen oak covers much of the mountain, along with dense undergrowth and up to 1,250 varieties of plants.

    Nevertheless, there are many other types of trees which make splashes of colour all over the mountain: the white pine, the maple, the lime, the hazelnut tree, the holly, the box, the oak and the yew.

    Fondest memory: Stopping at certain points along certain paths to admire the smallest of flowers.

    Flowers in bloom at Montserrat
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