Montserrat Rack Railway
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 seethe 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 metres up a 118 metre slope. The journey up the funicular is very pleasant.
Both Montserrat funicular railways run through the Mare de Déu sanctuary. Sant Joan and Santa Cova funicular railways were built in 1918 and 1929 respectively, to take pilgrims and visitors up to the most emblematic places in the mountain – Sant Joan and Santa Cova hermitages, where tradition says that the Mare de Déu image was found.