Mare de Déu del Mont

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Mare de Déu del Mont
Mare de Déu del Mont 1.jpg
Summer view of the range
Highest point
Peak El Mont
Elevation 1,123 m (3,684 ft) [1]
Coordinates 42°15′N 2°42′E / 42.250°N 2.700°E / 42.250; 2.700Coordinates: 42°15′N 2°42′E / 42.250°N 2.700°E / 42.250; 2.700
Geography
Mare de Déu del Mont is located in Pyrenees
Mare de Déu del Mont
Mare de Déu del Mont
Location in the Pre-Pyrenees area
Location Garrotxa,
Alt Empordà, Catalonia
Parent range Pre-Pyrenees, eastern zone
Geology
Orogeny Alpine orogeny
Age of rock Mesozoic
Type of rock Conglomerate, clay
Climbing
Easiest route From Albanyà

Mare de Déu del Mont, also known as Serra del Mont, is a mountain range of the Alta Garrotxa natural region, Catalonia, Spain. It has an elevation of 1,123 metres above sea level.[2]

Description[edit]

This mountain has a traditional Virgin Mary shrine on top of El Mont, the highest peak that gives its name to the range. This summit is one of the Emblematic Summits of Catalonia.[3]

The Mare de Déu del Mont shrine is very popular, its name meaning Mother of God of the Mountain. It has been often mentioned in Catalan literature, having been referred to as Porta del Pirineu, meaning "the Gate of the Pyrenees", among other epithets. Catalan poet Jacint Verdaguer stayed in the sanctuary on top of the summit in 1884 and wrote some verses about the mountain. Recently a statue honoring the poet has been unveiled on top of the mountain.[4]

Features[edit]

View of El Mont, the highest peak in the range.
View of the shrine on top of the summit

See also[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Estanislau Vayreda, "Catàleg de la flòrula de la Mare de Déu del Mont", Treballs de la Institució Catalana d'Història Natural, 1919-1920, pp. 360–442.

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