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Santa Maria de Montserrat is a Benedictine abbey located on the mountain of Montserrat. It is notable for enshrining the image of the Virgin of Montserrat. The monastery was founded in the 10th century and still functions to this day, with over 150 monks.It is Catalonia's most important religious retreat and groups of young people from Barcelona and all over Catalonia make overnight hikes at least once in their lives to watch the sunrise from the heights of Montserrat. At 1,236 metres (4,055 ft) above the valley floor, Montserrat is the highest point of the Catalan lowlands, and stands central to the most populated part of Catalonia.From Montserrat's highest point, Sant Jeroni, almost all of Catalonia can be seen, and on a clear day the island of Mallorca is visible.

Well, I was on Sant Jeroni, but I am not sure if I saw Mallorca :). It is a fascinating place. Specially in the evening when all the group leave and it is empty. I was in Basilica all alone!
I found Basilica not specially attractive but the mountains are fantastic for hiking, with many well maintained paths.


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