Found project: Monastery of Montserrat


    Project : Monastery of Montserrat

    Language variant : Monesterio de Montserrat

    Architect : n/a

    Completion: 9th c. (activities begin in the area)

    Locality : Montserrat

    Country : Spain

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    Description :

    Montserrat is a centre of pilgrimage, meeting and meditation, thanks to its Benedictine community and with international fame due to the striking and unusual beauty of mountain, with its huge granite cliffs.

    The sanctuary consists of a large basilica started in 1560 and consecrated 1592, with one nave, Gothic round arches and six chapels on either side. A neo-Romanesque apse (1876–1884) was added: it has a dome and facade by F. de Paula Villar and sculptures by the Vilamitjana brothers (1900–1901). The Romanesque figure of Santa Maria de Montserrat or ‘La Moreneta’ (12th–14th c.) is restored.

    The church has undergone numerous modifications throughout the centuries, in particular after the damage by Napoleon’s troops and it is decorated with sculptures by Josep Llimona and other artists.

    The cloister of Abad Argeric (18th c.) decorated with graffiti evoking the history of Montserrat, precedes the church and serves as an atrium.

    The monastery is now a modern building arranged round a cloister.

    This is Catalonia. Guide to the Architectural Heritage. Plaza & Janes Editores, S.A. Barcelona 1988, pp. 256–257.

    Ed. Heikki Nikkinen



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