Serra de Montsant

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Serra de Montsant
Cartoixa d'Escaladei 1.jpg
Montsant cliffs towering above the winefields near Cartoixa d'Escaladei, a Carthusian Order monastery.
Highest point
Elevation 1,163 m (3,816 ft)
Coordinates 41°17′34.63″N 0°47′52.09″E / 41.2929528°N 0.7978028°E / 41.2929528; 0.7978028Coordinates: 41°17′34.63″N 0°47′52.09″E / 41.2929528°N 0.7978028°E / 41.2929528; 0.7978028
Geography
Location Priorat, (Catalonia)
Parent range Catalan Pre-Coastal Range
Geology
Mountain type Conglomerate

Serra de Montsant is a mountain chain in Catalonia, Spain. The main populated area in the range is La Morera de Montsant.

Description[edit]

It is part of the Catalan Pre-Coastal Range. The main peaks are Roca Corbatera (1,163 m), Piló dels Senyalets (1,109 m) and la Cogulla (1,063 m).[1] The Serra de Montsant, meaning 'Holy Mountain Range' is thus named because there were many hermits living in the range in early Medieval times.[2]

The Montsant mountain range is currently a protected area, the Serra de Montsant Natural Park.[3]

Local wine[edit]

This mountain region is a famous red wine-producing zone; some of the best vineyards are located near the Cartoixa d'Escaladei, a Carthusian Order monastery.[4] It gives its name to the Montsant wine-producing area.

Panorama[edit]

Serra de Montsant in winter; south face

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mapa Topogràfic de Catalunya - Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya
  2. ^ Anuario de estudios medievales; Instituto de Historia Medieval de España 2003; p.982
  3. ^ Parc Natural de la Serra de Montsant
  4. ^ AADD, Museus i Centres de Patrimoni Cultural a Catalunya. 2010. Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya. Barcelona; p. 87 ISBN 8439354371

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