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A long cruise - Barcelona, Spain - part 2

Posted by Jim-1 5b Illinois (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 17, 14 at 21:27

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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RE: A long cruise - Barcelona, Spain - part 2

  • Posted by Jim-1 5b Illinois (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 17, 14 at 21:29

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


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  • Posted by Jim-1 5b Illinois (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 17, 14 at 21:31

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


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  • Posted by Jim-1 5b Illinois (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 17, 14 at 21:34

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.


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  • Posted by Jim-1 5b Illinois (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 17, 14 at 21:36

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


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  • Posted by Jim-1 5b Illinois (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 17, 14 at 21:39

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


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  • Posted by Jim-1 5b Illinois (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 17, 14 at 21:41

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


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  • Posted by Jim-1 5b Illinois (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 17, 14 at 21:44

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.


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  • Posted by Jim-1 5b Illinois (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 17, 14 at 21:46

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.


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  • Posted by Jim-1 5b Illinois (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 17, 14 at 21:49

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.


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  • Posted by Jim-1 5b Illinois (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 17, 14 at 21:53

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!


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  • Posted by Jim-1 5b Illinois (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 17, 14 at 21:58

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


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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.


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


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