Santa Cova Funicular Railway, a peaceful journey that combines art and legend.
Santa Cova funicular railway connects the sanctuary with the cave, the cave chapel, against the rock where according to the legend some shepherds found the image of Mare de Déu de Montserrat.
The funicular arrives to the place where the visitors can see the Rosari Monumental, the most important group of outdoor sculptures in Catalan Modernism, with pieces by Antonio Gaudí and Josep Llimona, among others. There is also an exhibition on the funiculars, their history and how they work.
Pilgrims have travelled down on the funicular to this emblematic place since 1929. The funicular travels 282 meters up a 118 meters slope. The journey up the funicular is very pleasant.
It is is a very interesting exhibition on the history of the Funicular Railways in different countries around the world. It is located in the lower Santa Cova station and shows all the details on how this historical means of transport works.
This exhibition, which is also situated in the lower Santa Cova station, explains the origins, the history, the mysteries and legends of this emblematic and symbolic place on Montserrat Mountain. The legend says that in this place an image of the Virgin Mary appeared and a small chapel was built right there because no one was able to move the image.
A winding route, that leads to splendid panoramic views, with monuments at both sides representing the mysteries of the Rosary. They belong to the most important group of outdoor Modernist sculptures in Catalonia. It is an easy route but the last stretch is quite steep coming back, but it can be avoided by taking the funicular.