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Monastery of Sant Llorenç del Munt

Монастырь Sant Llorenç del Munt

We invite you today for a virtual walk to the monastery of Sant Llorenç del Munt, which is located in the eponymous and very picturesque natural park Sant Llorenç del Munt i l’Obac northwest of Barcelona.

Here, on the top of La Mola mountain, at an altitude of 1.103 meters, already in the 10th century, the diligent hands of the Catalan believers erected the first church, which was later reformed into a Benedictine monastery. In those early days, the surrounding valleys were often attacked by the Saracens. These warlike, but lazy people decided that it was easier to plunder and burn the villages located at the foot of the mountain, instead of exhausting themselves with a tedious climb. So the monastery safely survived those troubled times. However, the energetic and inquisitive soldiers of Napoleon still managed to get up here, and, out of annoyance or fatigue (or maybe they just didn’t like the monastery wine), they demolished the monastery buildings almost to the very foundation.

Fortunately, the world is not without kind people, and the monastery was restored at the end of the 19th century, and since 1931 it was declared a national monument.

The ascent to the monastery takes from 1.5 hours, depending on the level of your athletic training, but the views from the top of the mountain are absolutely stunning! Well, you can replenish your strength after an excellent walk in the La Mola restaurant, which is located right in the building of the monastery. An interesting fact – all the products for this restaurant are delivered along a mountain path by hardworking Catalan donkeys!

Let’s see what is so interesting there and if it is worth climbing to such a height at all.
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Монастырь Sant Llorenç del Munt

We leave the car in the parking lot and begin our ascent. The first part of the path runs along a dirt road, so it is quite comfortable to walk here, despite the noticeable ascent angle.
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Монастырь Sant Llorenç del Munt

The jagged lines of rocky cliffs can be photographed endlessly.
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The second half of the path is mostly uneven rocky steps.
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And here are the first views of the monastery.
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Монастырь Sant Llorenç del Munt Monastery Monastère Monasterio Monestir

This difficult and uneven path is called the “path of the monks”.
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View of the adjacent sacred mountain Montserrat Natural Park.

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Монастырь Sant Llorenç del Munt

The monastery, it seems, is already quite close, but you still need to go around this rock on the right.
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We keep going up and up the path of the monks.
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And finally, the monastery of Sant Llorenç del Munt!
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Somewhere below, covered with fog, lies the Vallés valley. And beyond the distant mountains on the left side of the image is Barcelona (if you look closely, you can see the spire of the Barcelona TV tower).
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Монастырь Sant Llorenç del Munt

Entrance to the monastery.
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A narrow gallery in front of the entrance to the monastery church, in architectural terms – galilee.
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Монастырь Sant Llorenç del Munt

The interior of the church.
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It seems that the patron saint of the church is Saint Bernardo of Menton, known, among other things, for rescuing lost and snowed travelers on a mountain pass between Switzerland and Italy. It is in honor of him that the breed of dogs “St. Bernard” is named, which are often used in rescue operations.

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On the landing in front of the monastery bell tower, a group of schoolchildren are enjoying their lunch. Hardy guys!
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Side view of the monastery church and bell tower.
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View to the east. Somewhere far beyond the mountains – is the sea.
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And this is a view to the north. On the horizon, views of the snow-capped peaks of the Pyrenees.
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And finally – a view of mountain Montserrat, the base of which is covered with fog.

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If, after viewing these photos, you suddenly have a desire to visit the monastery of Sant Llorenç del Munt, we strongly recommend that you read this article on our blog. Here you will find more useful information for planning your trip and will see even more photos.

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