Santa Cecilia and Hermitages

There are some 15 chapels, former hermitages, dotted over Mount Montserrat. formerly subject to the dioceses of Barcelona or Vic, they were all abandoned when the hermits were forced to flee before the French invasion in 1811. Though they were later rebuilt, few were inhabited once more and most were finally abandoned in 1822, after which the buildings began to deteriorate. All that remains now, in some cases, are the walls.

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Santa Cecília

Monastery of Santa Cecília stood some four kilometres from that of Montserrat, on the road to Can Maçana. The church, simple and austere, basically that same as that originally built in the 10th century, is one of the purest examples of early Catalan Romanesque art. The three apses, with Lombard arches. correspond to the nave and two aisles in the interior, with hammer-carved stone walls that were originally whitewashed. The building is harmoniously integrated into the landscape, forming a beautiful site. The Monastery was founded  between 942 and 945 by Abbot Cesari. The community was never large, and the monastery was finally merged with that of Montserrat in 1539. Today, Santa Cecília houses a mountain refuge.


Hermitage of Sant Joan

Is one of the most accessible from the Sanctuary. To reach it, we take the funicular railway of the same name. From the station at the top, we can enjoy splendid views of the monastery. 

Herrmitage of La Santísima Trinitat

Are remains of some of the walls, the cistern and the Chapel of El Sant Crist, More rooms were added to the hermitage in the 17th century as, along with the Hermitage of Sant Dimes, it had direct access to the monastery via a staircase with 660 steps.

Hermitage of Sant Benet

Was built in 1536 to shorten the distance between the two hermitages. All that now remains, however, is a chapel-shaped building built later, and now used as a mountain refuge.

Hermitage of Santa Magdalena

Remains of walls and cisterns are conserved.

Hermitage of Sant Antoni

Over the "Paret dels Diables", near "Cavall Bernat".