The Monastery of Montserrat (Barcelona) announced on Tuesday that from Wednesday, May 3 (2023), visitors will have to buy a ticket to access the Sanctuary of Santa Maria de Montserrat consisting of the atrium, the basilica and the Sanctuary of the Virgin (where the black Madonna can be seen).
The introduction of an entrance fee is, among other things intended to improve the visit. They also want to preserve the prayer possibilities and the levy will contribute to the maintenance of the complex.
Visitors have several options to access the monastery. They can buy a ticket for the basilica (6 euros) and, if desired, also the sanctuary of the Virgin (8 euros). Which includes the ‘Canto de la Salve’ and the ‘Virolai’ by the Escolania (8 euros). In addition, a full tour is available, which includes an audio guide in all cases (18 to 23 euros). Entrance tickets can be bought here.
For residents of Catalonia and the rest of Spain, as well as guests staying in Montserrat, attendance at liturgical events at the sanctuary remains free.
The proceeds from the tickets will be used to cover the maintenance costs of the Montserrat area. And to contribute to various social projects supported by the monastery, according to the monastery.
Despite the fact that you now have to pay to visit the complex, we strongly recommend that you visit the monastery during your stay in Catalonia. It is a fairytale event in a beautiful setting; Hogwarts has nothing on it.
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