A long cruise - Barcelona, Spain - part 2

jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)June 17, 2014

We rode up to the Abbey of Montserrat, a wonderful facility. This is our first view of the Basilica and grounds.

This was first founded in in the 9th century and has been a goal for many tourists. There is no charge to get into the Basilica, but plan on being there for a couple of hours to take in all that it represents.

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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

As we walked from the lot, we saw many vendors who had set up their tents. They are there every day.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 9:29PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

This photo shows the offerings of one of the vendors. Our Cruise Critic group added to the economy.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 9:31PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

We rode on a bus, but many tourists and locals ride the train the 45 km. Then, one can ride the funicular up to Santa Maria de Montserrat.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 9:34PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

Or, if you would rather get some exercise, you can walk up to the 4000' abbey.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 9:36PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

We saw several who rode up this way. Not for me!

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 9:39PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

There is a hotel on site for those who want to spend a lot of time there.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 9:41PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

This is the main entrance. I was told that the floor tile was designed to resemble a floor in Rome. There were hundreds of people there on this sunny morning.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 9:44PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

The Benedictine Monks have been publishing books at the abbey since 1499. During the Napoleonic Wars, much of the facility was destroyed and it wasn't until late in the 19th century before it was rebuilt.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 9:46PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

There is a school on the grounds. The students stay in dormitories there. The boys' choir is one of the big draws for visitors. They perform Monday through Friday at noon. You must get there early in order to get a seat. We arrived about 10 and walked through the buildings and had to hurry to find seating.

The monks perform on Saturdays.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 9:49PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

Don Juan de Aragon was the only son of Ferdinand and Isabella. He died at age 19 shortly after getting married. It has been reported that those first few months were just too strenuous on the young man! What a way to go!

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 9:53PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

In my next post (Barcelona part 3), I will show you the interior of this amazing Basilica.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 9:58PM
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west_gardener

Jim. love your pictures and the narratives.
It gives me something that I can't get here in Silicon Valley, and that is world history.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 10:40PM
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lilosophie

Awesome environment, stark landscape and imagine the labor to erect the buildings and the decorations and the artwork.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 9:43AM
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