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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.

The inner decoration of The Cave Sanctuary has been renovated this year 2021. The Slovenian Jesuit artist Marko Rupnik has installed a set of mosaics that are decorating the eight lateral chapels belonging to the church of The Cave of Manresa.

  • Address: Camí­ de la Cova, s/n - Manresa
  • Phone: 93 875 15 79
  • Email: santuari@covamanresa.cat
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  • Timetable:
    Visiting hours are from 10am to 1pm and from 4pm to 7pm from tuesdays to saturdays. Sundays from 10 to 11 am. Mondays closed, except guided tours.
  • Price:
    In these first weeks access will be free.
    f a group requests the guided tour, the price is 8€ per person.

    From May 1st, the price for school groups will be € 3 per student with or without a guided tour.

    For guided tours, it is necessary to place a reservation by e-mail at santuari@covamanresa.cat.