Serra de Montsant

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

Serra de Montsant
Cartoixa d'Escaladei 1.jpg
Montsant cliffs towering above the winefields near Cartoixa d'Escaladei, a Carthusian Order monastery.
Highest point
Elevation1,163 m (3,816 ft)
Listing
Coordinates41°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
LocationPriorat, (Catalonia)
Parent rangeCatalan Pre-Coastal Range
Geology
Mountain typeConglomerate

DescriptionEdit

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 wineEdit

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.

PanoramaEdit

 
Serra de Montsant in winter; south face

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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 Archived 2005-03-08 at Archive.today
  4. ^ AADD, Museus i Centres de Patrimoni Cultural a Catalunya. 2010. Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya. Barcelona; p. 87 ISBN 8439354371

External linksEdit