Manresa is a charming 1000 year old country town located north of Barcelona in the Catalonia region of Spain.


In 1522, upon returning from a pilgrimage to the nearby monastery of Montserrat, St Ignatius of Loyola passed through the town and spent several months in a cave nearby where he practiced rigorous asceticism, meditation and penned his famous Spiritual Exercises.
Over the years, this simple little cave has become the city’s greatest monument. A large Sanctuary has been built literally above the cave, which has indisputably become the principal Ignatian site and one of the universal landmarks of the Jesuit world.

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

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