THE CAVE OF SAINT IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA AND MONTSERRAT
If you are reading this post, you must be interested in knowing how you can visit the Cave of St. Ignatius of Loyola near Montserrat, where the saint spent a year of his life and wrote The Spiritual Exercises, the basis of the Jesuit doctrine.
This mystical cave is located in Manresa, 66 km away from Barcelona, and very close to the Montserrat mountain and Monastery.
MANRESA is the town where San Ignacio de Loyola or Saint Ignatius of Loyola settled and remained for 11 months in 1522. He was fascinated by its beauty, its location by the Cardener river, and the kindness of its inhabitants who took care of the poor pilgrim who had walked down Montserrat wearing sandals.
Manresa now has a population of around 78,000 and, besides the Cave, it also has the wonderful Basilica de Santa Maria de la Seu, built in the 14th century by Berenguer de Montagut, the same architect who built the beautiful Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona.
There are several universities in Manresa, as well as textile and metallurgy industries, and agriculture. But above all, what makes this town attractive for visitors is its JESUIT HERITAGE.
If you have plenty of time, you can reach Manresa by train. The train ride (line R5) takes about 82 minutes, and once you get there, you have a 15-minute walk up to the cave. Train times can be found on the official website of Ferrocarils de la Generalitat.