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    Trekking in Montserrat

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 1, 2015

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    There are several trekking ways in Montserrat. The hardest one leads you to Geroni the highest mountain of Montserrat. It takes two hours if you are in good physical form. Via Crusis is the shortest trekking way in Montserrat and available even for the people elder sixty. You are going to accomplish this way for forty minutes walking slowly. Walking this way you will be able to enjoy wonderful views at Plaza de Santa Maria and Monastery complex of Montserrat.

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    Very Strange Monuments

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 1, 2015

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    There are several very strange monuments in the monastery of Montserrat. First of them is the monument of Abbot Oliva the founder of this monastery in 880 A.D. I don’t know why but the abbot is more similar to the prisoner of Nazi concentration camp. Another strange monument is the statue of Saint George. The least strange of all monuments is the cross/star dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel.
    Admission is free but any donation is highly welcomed and appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures and video without flash light and tripod.
    Please pay special attention that although monastery and basilica opened from 07:30 to 20:00 hours, the Throne of Our Lady is accessible only from 08:00 to 10:30 am and from 12:00 to 18:30.
    During the period from July 15 through September 30 it accessible from 08:00 to 10:30 am and from 12:00 to 20:00.

    Abbot Oliva Saint George
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    Library. Cloister

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 1, 2015

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    Monastery library is situated in the ruins of gothic cloister. Only two walls with two galleries of that cloister survived till nowadays. Even these remains allow us to arrive at the conclusion that it was the masterpiece of Catalan late gothic architecture. Majority of tourist are walking directly in to basilica leaving the cloister and library on their left hand side without any attention.
    Admission is free but any donation is highly welcomed and appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures and video without flash light and tripod.
    Please pay special attention that although monastery and basilica opened from 07:30 to 20:00 hours, the Throne of Our Lady is accessible only from 08:00 to 10:30 am and from 12:00 to 18:30.
    During the period from July 15 through September 30 it accessible from 08:00 to 10:30 am and from 12:00 to 20:00.

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    Library. Gothic galleries

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 1, 2015

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    Two galleries of gothic cloister survived till nowadays since the time when monastery was pillaged by French Imperial Army. Through these galleries you can get in the monastery library. Unfortunately only males are allowed to get in the library interior rooms. Anyway these galleries are real masterpiece of late gothic architecture and worth to visit.
    Admission is free but any donation is highly welcomed and appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures and video without flash light and tripod.
    Please pay special attention that although monastery and basilica opened from 07:30 to 20:00 hours, the Throne of Our Lady is accessible only from 08:00 to 10:30 am and from 12:00 to 18:30.
    During the period from July 15 through September 30 it accessible from 08:00 to 10:30 am and from 12:00 to 20:00.

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    Library. Gothic capitals

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 1, 2015

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    In the galleries of former gothic cloisters there the entrance to monastery library is you will find wonderful gothic capitals on the top of the columns. On these capitals you can see the angels sawing a mountain with the saw. That because Montserrat means sawn mountain. You can also see the coat of arms of Julliano Della Rovere who was the absentee prior of this monastery and at last became Roman Pope Julius II (1503-1513). His coat of arms is a tree. There are many other interesting capitals made in second half of XV century.
    Admission is free but any donation is highly welcomed and appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures and video without flash light and tripod.
    Please pay special attention that although monastery and basilica opened from 07:30 to 20:00 hours, the Throne of Our Lady is accessible only from 08:00 to 10:30 am and from 12:00 to 18:30.
    During the period from July 15 through September 30 it accessible from 08:00 to 10:30 am and from 12:00 to 20:00.

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    Plaza de Santa Maria

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 27, 2014

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    The largest and main square of Monastery of Montserrat is Plaza de Santa Maria. Although monastery was founded in 880 A.D. no one of original building survived. French troops almost totally destroyed the monastery in 1811 during Peninsula War of 1808-1814. Unfortunately all those buildings, except the library of XV century, were built in XIX and XX centuries. Yes, they are magnificent and impressive but I haven’t felt any miracle because the technologies of last one hundred and fifty years allow to built such building easily.
    Admission is free but any donation is highly welcomed and appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures and video without flash light and tripod.
    Please pay special attention that although monastery and basilica opened from 07:30 to 20:00 hours, the Throne of Our Lady is accessible only from 08:00 to 10:30 am and from 12:00 to 18:30.
    During the period from July 15 through September 30 it accessible from 08:00 to 10:30 am and from 12:00 to 20:00.

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    Sepulcher of Juan of Aragon

    by Oleg_D. Updated Dec 26, 2014

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    Juan de Aragon y de Jonqueras, Second Count of Ribagorza, was born in Benabarre, Spain in 1457 and died at Monzón, Spain in 1528. He was a Viceroy of Naples in 1507–1509 replacing Gonzalo Fernandez de Cordoba better known as the Great Captain. It was dramatic time of Franco – Spanish War for hegemony in Italy where different Italian states and parties supported main rivals. Juan was illegitimate so of Juan II Kings of Aragon and Sicily and a nephew of King Fernando the Catholic. When his wife died in 1492, he became a member of the Military Order of Saint John of Jerusalem or he just became the Knight Hospitaller. He died in June 1528 and was buried here at the Catalan Monastery of Montserrat. You can see the statue of Don Juan in full suit of armor typical for the first third of XVI century. White cross of the Order of Saint John is on the breastplate of his cuirass. His left pauldrons reinforced with additional steel plate.
    Admission is free but any donation is highly welcomed and appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures and video without flash light and tripod.
    Please pay special attention that although monastery and basilica opened from 07:30 to 20:00 hours, the Throne of Our Lady is accessible only from 08:00 to 10:30 am and from 12:00 to 18:30.
    During the period from July 15 through September 30 it accessible from 08:00 to 10:30 am and from 12:00 to 20:00.

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    Sepulcher of Bernat Vilamari

    by Oleg_D. Updated Dec 26, 2014

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    Sepulcher of Bernat Vilamari (Catalan) or Bernardo Villamarino in Castilian is going to be on your right hand side when you coming toward atrium and entrance to basilica. Bernardo was the Count of Capacho, Admiral of Neapolitan Navy and Lieutenant Colonel of King of Aragon and Sicily Fernando the Catholic in the Kingdom of Naples. He took part in many naval battles against Egyptians and Turks in XV century in Eastern Mediterranean and in Catalan Civil War on the Royal side. In the beginning of XVI century during so-called Italian Wars he fought against French in Italy. In 1510 he took part in the naval raid and capture of Tripoli. He died in 1516. Together with him was buried his daughter who died in 1512. Admiral is shown here in full suit of excellent Italian armor typical for the beginning of XVI century. His head and right hand are resting on the helmet of Armet type. The figure of admiral is excellent source of information on arms and armor of first quarter of XVI century. His left pauldrons reinforced with additional steel plate.
    Admission is free but any donation is highly welcomed and appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures and video without flash light and tripod.
    Please pay special attention that although monastery and basilica opened from 07:30 to 20:00 hours, the Throne of Our Lady is accessible only from 08:00 to 10:30 am and from 12:00 to 18:30.
    During the period from July 15 through September 30 it accessible from 08:00 to 10:30 am and from 12:00 to 20:00.

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    Atrium

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 25, 2014

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    Before you will be able to get in the basilica you should pass through the atrium. In its galleries you are going to observe statues of some Kings of Aragon and Spain, most famous of them King of Spain Carlos I who better known as the Emperor of Holy Roman Empire Charles V. Some people are doing strange heathen rites put their hands up and rotating right in the center of the atrium.
    Admission is free but any donation is highly welcomed and appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures and video without flash light and tripod.
    Please pay special attention that although monastery and basilica opened from 07:30 to 20:00 hours, the Throne of Our Lady is accessible only from 08:00 to 10:30 am and from 12:00 to 18:30.
    During the period from July 15 through September 30 it accessible from 08:00 to 10:30 am and from 12:00 to 20:00.

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    Basilica. Interiors

    by Oleg_D. Updated Dec 24, 2014

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    Montserrat’s church is Neo-Gothic structure with some Neo-Renaissance and Neo-Byzantine elements. It was severely damaged by French troops in 1811 during Napoleon wars of 1808 - 1814. This means that whatever stunning you see inside of basilica is the XIX century reconstruction. The central nave of the church is fifty meters long and fifteen meters wide. It is twenty three meters to the top of the dome of the church. In fact only Romanesque apse and Plateresque facade of basilica are original.
    Admission is free but any donation is highly welcomed and appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures and video without flash light and tripod.
    Please pay special attention that although monastery and basilica opened from 07:30 to 20:00 hours, the Throne of Our Lady is accessible only from 08:00 to 10:30 am and from 12:00 to 18:30.
    During the period from July 15 through September 30 it accessible from 08:00 to 10:30 am and from 12:00 to 20:00.

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    Basilica

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 24, 2014

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    Unfortunately original Basilica of Montserrat didn’t survived Peninsula War of 1808-1814 and was almost totally destroyed in 1811 by the French troops. There is only original Romanesque apse now. Facade of basilica built in XVI century also partially survived. This is excellent example of Spanish Plateresque decorated with the statues of twelve Apostles.
    Admission is free but any donation is highly welcomed and appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures and video without flash light and tripod.
    Please pay special attention that although monastery and basilica opened from 07:30 to 20:00 hours, the Throne of Our Lady is accessible only from 08:00 to 10:30 am and from 12:00 to 18:30.
    During the period from July 15 through September 30 it accessible from 08:00 to 10:30 am and from 12:00 to 20:00.

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    Queue to visit Virgin of Montserrat

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 21, 2014

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    Usually it takes two hours of standing in the queue to visit the Throne of Our Lady of Montserrat. So, it is better to arrive here early morning to be among first visitors or about 15:00 hours when main wave of visitors already accomplished their visit. Anyway you are going to spend two hours before you will be able to appear before the statue of the God Mother. Don’t worry it is no boring because you will have a lot of wonderful things while you are standing in that queue.
    Admission is free but any donation is highly welcomed and appreciated. Ten seconds enough to accomplish all formalities that all good Christians should accomplish.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures and video without flash light and tripod.
    Please pay special attention that although monastery and basilica opened from 07:30 to 20:00 hours, the Throne of Our Lady is accessible only from 08:00 to 10:30 am and from 12:00 to 18:30.
    During the period from July 15 through September 30 it accessible from 08:00 to 10:30 am and from 12:00 to 20:00.

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    Our Lady of Montserrat

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 20, 2014

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    Our Lady of Montserrat or the Virgin of Montserrat (Catalan: Mare de Déu de Montserrat) is a statue of the Virgin Mary and infant Christ venerated at the Santa Maria de Montserrat monastery on the Montserrat Mountain in Catalonia. She is the Patron Saint of Catalonia. Whatever say local legends this statue is typical for XII century and according to expertise confirmed that this statue was made eight hundred or eight hundred and fifty years ago. Statue has a nickname La Morena or La Moreneta (Swarthy). Such nickname appeared because the statue darkened and it can be considered as many so well known in Europe “Black Madonnas”. Since queue is very long and many people came here to venerate Madonna and ask her for something very personal it is better to do everything very quickly. First of all, if you are going to make any donations then put your money to alms boxes situated along that entire human queue.
    Admission is free but any donation is highly welcomed and appreciated. Ten seconds enough to accomplish all formalities that all good Christians should accomplish.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures and video without flash light and tripod.
    Please pay special attention that although monastery and basilica opened from 07:30 to 20:00 hours, the Throne of Our Lady is accessible only from 08:00 to 10:30 am and from 12:00 to 18:30.
    During the period from July 15 through September 30 from 08:00 to 10:30 am and from 12:00 to 20:00.

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    Neo-Romanesque Chapel

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 20, 2014

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    Before to get out from the Basilica you are going to pass near by wonderful Neo-Romanesque Chapel. Entrance will be on your right hand side. There are pretty dark inside and this is the reason why many visitors are passing by without any notice. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy with that masterpiece of architecture. At one of the stained glass windows you will see Ignacio Loyola the founder of the Order of Jesuits and who proclaimed saint by Roman Catholic Church.
    Admission is free but any donation is highly welcomed and appreciated.
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    Opened from 07:30 to 20:00 hours

    Saint Ignacio Loyola
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    Candle Yard

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 20, 2014

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    When you are about to accomplish you visit to Basilica and when already passed through the Neo-Romanesque Chapel, before returning to atrium from where you entered to basilica, you are going to pass through the long yard between basilica and rock. There are a lot of special niches where you can light and install your candle. Over each niche you will see the icon dedicated to particular saint. So, just donate your money, take a candle, light it, put, pray and go out. Please don’t try to enter basilica through this yard.
    Admission is free but any donation is highly welcomed and appreciated.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures and video without flash light and tripod.
    Opened from 07:30 to 20:00 hours

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