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Saint Ignatius' Cave


In one of the caves in this place typical of the landscape of Manresa, in an opening but with a view from the front of the mountain of Montserrat, tradition says that Saint Ignatius of Loyola retired for a time to meditate and write his famous Spiritual Exercises.

Over the years, a simple little cave has become the city's greatest, most ostentatious monument. A large sanctuary has been built literally above the cave, which has become indisputably the key Ignatian site, and one of the universal landmarks of the Jesuit world.

In the cave, landscape and architecture blend surprisingly, forming an artificial façade on Sant Bartomeu hill, which is one of the most visible elements at the entrance to Manresa.

  • Address: Camí­ de la Cova, s/n - Manresa
  • Phone: 93 875 15 79
  • Email: santuari@covamanresa.cat
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  • Timetable:
    From October to February: Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm and from 3 pm to 6 pm; Sundays and public holidays from 10 amb to 12 noon and from 3 pm to 6 pm.

    From March to September: Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 7 pm; Sundays and public holidays from 10 amb to 12 noon and from 4 pm to 7 pm.

    Mass: Sundays at 12 noon.
  • Price:
    Visit the sanctuary without a guide: voluntary donation.
    Guided tour to the Coveta, audiovisual and museum: €5 (every Saturday at 11 am or other groups with a minimum of 6 people with previous booking).
    Short guided tour (30 minutes): €3
    Buses and groups: €60, up to 60 people (free visit)