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Prince Albert collected photographs of places significant to him

Charles Clifford (1819-62)

Chapel of Montserrat 1860

Albumen print | 43.0 x 30.5 cm (image) | RCIN 2700170

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Photograph of an imposing building with many storeys and windows nestled in a rocky escarpment. On the right stands a second, smaller building. Both of these buildings possibly formed part of the Abbey of Santa Maria in Montserrat in Catalonia.

Montserrat, which means serrated mountain, has been a spiritual base for hundreds of years. In a sanctuary alongside the abbey is located the Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia who is believed to have been resident in the rocky outcrops since the 8th century when originally placed there for safe keeping during the Moorish invasion of Catalonia.
  • Creator(s)

    Charles Clifford (1819-62) (photographer)

  • 43.0 x 30.5 cm (image)

    41.0 x 54.0 cm (page dimensions)

  • Photographic Souvenir of Spain Vol II, 1861 Charles Clifford

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Spain
          • Catalonia [Spain]
            • Montserrat [Catalonia]
              • Santa Maria de Montserrat [Montserrat]
      • Physiography
        • Mountains
          • Mountains of the Iberian peninsula
            • Pyrenees
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Ecclesiastical & religious architecture
          • Abbeys