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Hermitage of St Cecilia in Montserrat

The Hermitage of Santa Cecilia de Montserrat, located in Marganell, province of Barcelona, is a place of profound historical and spiritual importance. Founded in 945 AD, this ancient Benedictine monastery has witnessed eleven centuries of devotion and worship. Over the centuries, it has undergone numerous architectural transformations, retaining Romanesque elements, such as its three Lombard apses, which contrast with later renovations, including the restoration carried out between 2013 and 2015. Inside, there is an atmosphere of serenity and contemplation, enriched by Sean Scully’s paintings and stained glass windows, which invite the visitor to experience the sacred.

The monastery, closely linked to the history of Montserrat, has been a spiritual refuge and a place of welcome for pilgrims over the centuries. Despite historical vicissitudes, such as looting and fires during the Napoleonic wars, and changes in the monastic community, its function as a sacred space has endured. Sean Scully’s recent artistic intervention in the temple, preserving its atmosphere conducive to meditation and contemplation, reflects the desire to keep alive the connection between religious tradition and contemporary art. The Ermita de Santa Cecilia is, therefore, a tangible testimony to the spiritual and cultural history of the region, and a place that invites reflection and an encounter with the transcendent.


    • Address
      BP-1103, 5, Marganell, Barcelona
    • Web
    • Visiting Hours
      Arranged Visits: [email protected]
    • What to see
      Sean Scully Art Space

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