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  • Sam does see a baby!
    Sam does see a baby!
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  • The beautiful open-roofed courtyard.
    The beautiful open-roofed courtyard.
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  • Relinde and Iris are lighting a candle.
    Relinde and Iris are lighting a candle.
    by Jerelis

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    Basilica – Lots of chapels inside.

    by Jerelis Written Apr 9, 2013
    Sam does see a baby!

    For most people it is essential to a visit to Montserrat for three main reasons. Firstly, it is a beautiful Gothic building. Secondly, it is the home of Montserrat's choral concerts. Thirdly, it houses the statue of the Black Madonna. For us the main reason to visit this holy place was simply the entire Basilica indeed.

    Once we entered the Basilica we saw chapels all around the edge of the basilica. For example the chapel of St. Scholastica (with its sculptures by Enric Claraso), the Chapel of the Most Holy One (contains a large stained glass window) and the Chapel of the Holy Christ (with an image of Christ on the cross that was created by Josep Llimona). And of course we headed for the famous Black Madonna sculpture that actually sits at the back of the church, above the altar area. It is framed in an ornate window and you can see her if you are sitting in the church's pews. And whether you are religious or not, visiting the Black Madonna at Montserrat is a spiritual and worthwhile experience to be honest. Definitely a must visit!

    Address: 08199 Montserrat – Porteria del Monestir.
    Directions: The Basilica sits at the very heart of Montserrat Monastery, can’t miss it.

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    Basilica – Lighting a candle.

    by Jerelis Written Apr 9, 2013
    Relinde and Iris are lighting a candle.

    Although we were quite early when we first arrived at the Basilica of Montserrat we were already allowed to enter it. A huge advantage of our early arrival was the fact that there were almost no tourists yet. Either the bus / coach was still on his way or everybody was having a breakfast in their hotel. Whenever we visit a church the kids always want to burn a candle, it has become a bit of a tradition. The sight of burning votive candles - real or electronic - is common in most Catholic churches. The candles are usually placed before statues of saints or at shrines. But how did this tradition get its start?

    According to A Handbook of Catholic Sacramentals, by Ann Ball, the practice of lighting candles in order to obtain some favor probably has its origins in the custom of burning lights at the tombs of the martyrs in the catacombs. The lights burned as a sign of solidarity with Christians still on earth. Because the lights continually burned as a silent vigil, they became known as vigil lights. Vigil Lights (from the Latin vigilia, which means "waiting" or "watching") are traditionally accompanied by prayers of attention or waiting. Another common type of candle offering is the votive light. Such an offering is indicative of seeking some favor from the Lord or the saint before which the votive is placed. So for us lighting a candle is a way of extending our prayer and showing solidarity with the person on whose behalf our prayer is offered.

    Address: 08199 Montserrat – Porteria del Monestir.
    Directions: The Basilica sits at the very heart of Montserrat Monastery, can’t miss it.

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    Basilica – The open-roofed courtyard.

    by Jerelis Written Apr 9, 2013
    The beautiful open-roofed courtyard.
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    Arriving at the Montserrat Monastery makes you just want to visit the Basilica immediately. This is because of the fact that the Basilica sits at the very heart of Montserrat Monastery and simply can’t be missed. As we were quite early we decided to go to the Basilica in one straight line, as there were not too many tourists yet. We guessed that going to the Basilica later on would leave us at one huge tourist trap destination!
    The first thing we noticed was that we had to pass five beautiful arches that lead us to an open-roofed courtyard area, the so called Atrium. This Atrium of the Basilica sits directly in front of the Basilica. Don’t forget to have a look down at the ground and do enjoy the marbled black and white floor. It took inspiration from the floor of the Capitolium in Rome that was designed by Michelangelo. Standing right here you’re also be able to have a nice look at the facade of the basilica. In 1900 - 1901 a new facade was added to the Basilica. Great thing is that the church has a Gothic structure, but also uses traditionally Catalan architecture. The central nave of the church is 58 meters long and 15 meters wide. It is 23 meters to the top of the dome of the church. Time for us to enter it.

    Address: 08199 Montserrat – Porteria del Monestir.
    Directions: The Basilica sits at the very heart of Montserrat Monastery, can’t miss it.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Religious Travel

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