Montserrat Monastery Live Webcam, Catalonia

Live webcam shows the Montserrat Monastery in the autonomous community of Catalonia, Spain.


The Monastery of Montserrat, officially known as Santa Maria de Montserrat (Catalan: Monestir Santa Maria de Montserrat, Spanish: Monasterio de Montserrat), is a Benedictine monastery situated at an elevation of 725 meters (2,379 feet) above sea level on the slopes of the Montserrat mountain range in Catalonia, approximately 50 kilometers (31 miles) northwest of Barcelona. It is one of the most significant religious and cultural landmarks not only in Catalonia but in all of Spain, attracting a large number of Catholic pilgrims and tourists from around the world.

The history of the monastery dates back to the 9th century when a small hermitage dedicated to the Virgin Mary was founded. The current monastery was established in 1025 by Abbot Oliba, a prominent religious figure in Catalonia. The statue of the Black Madonna (La Moreneta) is considered the monastery’s most revered artifact. According to legend, the statue was discovered in a cave on Montserrat by local shepherds in 880 AD. The Black Madonna is the patron saint of Catalonia and attracts numerous pilgrims annually. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the monastery was rebuilt and expanded, transforming it into a significant religious, cultural, and tourist center in Catalonia. The basilica, built in Gothic and Renaissance architectural styles, is the complex’s dominant feature.

The Montserrat mountain range is part of the Catalan Pre-Coastal Range, located about 50 kilometers (31 miles) northwest of Barcelona. The name Montserrat literally translates from Catalan as “serrated mountain,” reflecting its unique jagged appearance with many rock formations. The highest peaks of Montserrat are: Sant Jeroni, standing at 1,236 meters (4,055 feet) above sea level, Montgrós (1,120 meters or 3,674 feet), and Les Agulles (903 meters or 2,963 feet). Stone from Montserrat was actively used in the construction of the Sagrada Família in Barcelona. The Montserrat mountain range and monastery are part of Catalonia’s national park system, featuring a well-developed tourist infrastructure that includes hiking trails, specialty shops, cable cars, and equipped observation decks.