Sunday, February 3, 2013

There's Madonna in Montserrat

executive summary by darmansjah

A visit to Barcelona is not complete if you do not feel like taking the time to Montserrat is located approximately 45 kilometers from the city center. Located near the top of the mountain with an altitude of 4,000 meters, Montserrat means serrated mountain. According to myths, Montserrat was carved by angels with gold using a chainsaw. The story was merely describing how beautiful Montserrat and how humans might be able to build a building over cliffs and steep. But that's the glory of the Creator in such a way that the human brain and provide talent for the work.

Montserrat monastery and church is famous for its magnificent basilica. Here more than 80 monks live, with keeping the famous statue of the Black Madonna or Black Virgin stored in the basilica. According to legend, the statue was discovered in the 13th century by the shepherds. They saw a bright light and heard heavenly music that eventually brought them to the cave where the statue is located.

Long queues immigrants who want to touch, smell, and prayed before the statue is quite long when I came. If you are in the Basilica at 13:00, you can enjoy the attractions Escolania choir, the choir consists of 50 boys ages 9-14 years old from Catolonia. For four years they lived in Montserrat for learning music theory, ensemble, instrument and of course singing. Together with pilgrims from various parts of the world, they took part to entertain the newcomers to the strains of heavenly music.

Not hard towards Montserrat by public transport. You can reach this place by train. Departing from Stasiiun Plaza de Espana, there is available a special purpose counter Montserrat. Make sure you buy a train ticket complete with its cable car ticket. Trains depart every hour with the last departure at 18:00. Similarly, a train from Montserrat to Barcelona, ​​serving passengers every hour. If you do not want to be bothered with transportation business, many tour agencies that you can use to visit Montserrat.

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