A day trip to Montserrat

Celia planned a day trip for us to the Montserrat mountain and monastery that inspired Antonin Gaudi. It was fantastic!

Montserrat

The mountain is conglomerate rock, really interesting up close. It’s used in all (or most) of the buildings.

Montserrat-rock

There are many new buildings. This is the facade of the old church.

Monterssat-facade

We lit candles for mom and my sister, Christy.

Montesserat-Candles

The inside of the church is wonderfully ornate. It was filled with tourists—we were four of them. A cantor came out while we were there and began to sing. It was wonderful and odd at the same time, to be in a sacred space filled with tourists.

Montserrat-Inside-1

We took the funicular up the mountain. It is easier see the larger Montserrat complex of building from above.

Montserrat-Funicular

From there, we hiked up a ways to the small St. Joan’s Chapel. There were many pictures taken along the way.

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Montserrat-StJoan

It really is easy to see how Gaudi was inspired by this place.

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Sagrada Familia 1

It was a lovely excursion, followed by a cava (the Spanish equivalent of champagne) at the Codorniu Vineyard. Many thanks, again, to Celia for all of her work planning this amazing trip!

7 thoughts on “A day trip to Montserrat

  1. Wow. Thank you so much for including us on your trip. Bet a lot of those tourists in Montserrat were of the faithful. Blessings,

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