Montserrat: The Magic Mountain of Heinrich Himmler

Montserrat: The Magic Mountain of Heinrich Himmler

National Socialism, History and Myth
By: Ignacio Ondargáin
(Text revised in December 2007)
Translated by: Franz Berg
“In the sky there is a castle and her name is Montserrat.”
On October 21st, 1940, Heinrich Himmler, Reichsführer and Chief of the SS, travelled to Madrid to organise and coordinate the meeting between the Führer and Franco that would take place on the 23rd in the French-Basque border town of Hendaye.

Upon arriving at the North Station in the Spanish capital Himmler was received by Serrano Suñer, the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs. In compliance with protocol the train station was festively decked out with the flags and symbols of Spain and Germany. When Himmler had just stepped down from the train two children, with charming and impeccable ceremony, gave him beautiful bouquets as hundreds of people showed their sympathy and joy.

After the relevant meetings to organise the summit between Hitler and Franco in Hendaye and various meetings for protocol, Himmler put immediate political affairs aside and went to Barcelona.

On October 23rd Hitler met Franco. Meanwhile, on that same day, the city of Barcelona was festooned to receive Himmler. On the morning of that same day, the swastika and Spanish flag were to be seen throughout the El Prat airport. When the plane of the German dignitary arrived what stood out most was the military demeanour of the troops. Once Himmler was descended from the plane the delegation went in caravan to Barcelona. In Prat de Llobregat the people had erected a laurel arch to greet the German leader.

After the national demonstration, Himmler went to the Hotel Ritz in the centre of Barcelona. The entire city is decorated with National Socialist banners and the flags of Spain. Opposite the Ritz a crowd gathered awaiting the arrival of the Head of the SS. The enthusiasm was such that, after entering the Hotel, Himmler had to go out to salute from the balcony. He does so accompanied by General Luis Orgaz, the Captain General of Catalonia.

On the same day, after eating at the Ritz, at 15:30, the German chiefs went towards the mountain of Montserrat. General Karl Wolf and Gunter d’Alquen, the National Socialist journalist in charge of Das Schwartze Korps, the official media organ of the SS, together with other officials, formed part of Himmler’s entourage. Various Spanish authorities also accompanied him: the Mayor of Barcelona, Miquel Mateu Pla, members of the Falange and prominent military officers, among them Luis Orgaz.

Montserrat is forty kilometres by road from Barcelona. Her powerful vertical formations stand out from and tower over the smooth worn terrain of the province.

(…) We can state that, as Reichsführer, Himmler visited Montserrat to carry out a high-level secret mission.

On the following day, his mission accomplished, Himmler returned to Berlin in a military plane. On the return journey, amid magical images of the mountain of Montserrat, he recalled the immortal echoes of a Wagnerian Opera: “In the sky there is a castle and her name is Montserrat”.


“Montserrat, Cathedral of nature,
Power of the Grail woven into the material world;
Stand up boldly and defiantly skyward, like the cypress in the square.

1 – Formation of the Mountain
2 – A visit to Montserrat
3 – Montserrat: Land of Spirit
1-Formation of the Mountain

In the heart of the Province of Barcelona, in the Cordillera Prelitoral, and amid silhouettes of gentle and worn hills. rise up the bold and imposing forms of the massif of Montserrat. Their elegant, clear and meticulous vertical formations are a true show of defiance against the tedium and weariness of the world; Montserrat is the victory of Life, Spirit and verticality over chaotic, formless and decadent matter.

In the formation of the mountain we can see an “intra-terrestrial” emanation of Force that reaches to verticality like a flame of fire. The degree of wave generated by this “intra-terrestrial” Force created the mountain when leaving its mark on the cosmic plasma. And this happens precisely in this place because the interior of Montserrat remains hollow and holds within herself an entire inner world connecting the mountain to other fantastic worlds. That is why the Montserrat formations are phantasmal, magical and defiant, like another universe. The rocks of Montserrat are hardened agglomerate boulders, pebbles, clay, sedimentary materials…shaped by the “intra-terrestrial” spirit. During the process of solidification of the agglomeration, the matter took the tendency of the Force of spirit projected in this location of space-time. We find this to be the moulding cause of the mountain shaped to the action of a Force and its subsequent wave degree. That Force is linked to the underground world of Agartha which is “the underlying root” of the mountain of Barcelona.

Montserrat is a gateway between worlds whose wave degree distorts space-time throughout the surrounding region, making a bridge between different dimensions and universes. There are various strata in the rock of the mountain clearly differentiated one from another by the different colours of the stone (redder, more gray…) and by the degrees of evident wear. Various sections in the rock differ due to their formation or creation, with the more worn ones generally found in the least elevated parts, while the younger and less worn agglomerates are in the highest and boldest parts. As an example, in the area of Agulles, on the northwest of the mountain, the rocks of the Cadireta and Foradada are in a more worn and reddish layer, while the rocks of the needles or spikes of Agulles are much younger stone, less worn and greyish in colour.
2 – A Visit to Montserrat

Mountain forever magic, Montserrat is situated on the right bank of the Llobregat River. The Llobregat is the Barcelonian river par excellence. Born in the pre-Pyrenean Sierra Cadi, at over 2000 metres in elevation, the river flows near to Barcelona forming a broad delta.

At the height of Montserrat, the bed of the Llobregat is at an altitude just over 100 metres above sea level. The highest peak of Montserrat is San Jeronimo (Sant Jeroni), rising to 1224 metres. On the mountain those on the north and west sides stand out for their audacious formations. At the far west end are the “Agullas”, where countless needles accumulate in vertical rocks of amusing formation.

If from Agullas we go to the north towards the east, we find La Cadireta in the region of the Frares. La Cadireta is located on the northern edge of the mountain and the curve of the road that borders her has an esplanade that is ideal for observing the night sky and the northerly direction. La Cadireta has a very curious and enigmatic shape. In fact, she is a small extension of some 200 metres from the mountain to the north. A triangular hole through which pass the last rays of the day, crossing through the middle, give the name Foradada (meaning “cavern” – Translator)… And on the northern tip we see a formation with the image of a legendary dragon, perhaps looking north to the Pole Star. Below, following the chain of Les Pujades, there is a rock resembling an altar.

The entire north face of Montserrat is formed by high walls and stone needles rising above the lowlands. Outstanding among these needles the Cavall Bernat, rising 1100 metres above sea level above the town of Monistrol, which is 150 metres above sea level, along the banks of the Llobregat. The Cavall Bernat is a very high stone needle, the most vertical, bold and stylised on Montserrat. The word Cavall (horse) is nothing but a Puritan recourse to hide the true sense of the verticality of this entire cathedral of stone that is Montserrat.

A little farther to the east of the mountain, we find the Benedictine Monastery of Montserrat, located 721 metres above sea level. Nowadays the monastery is a tourist centre of the first order.

To enter the grounds of the monastery by car one must pass through a toll that costs 4 Euros (in 2007).

The other option is to leave the car outside, beyond the toll, and walk to the monastery from there. The distance is about a kilometre and a half, depending on where the car has been left. During the week there are no problems, but on weekends or holidays things can get a bit complicated.

We left the car outside the toll, at the first bend in the road towards Can Masana. From this same bend in the road, going up the mountain, we take a little path that leads us to the picturesque road of “Els Degotalls” or “Las Goteras” (meaning “The Leaks” – Translator). This road is replete with mosaics of the various regional Virgins in Catalonia. After twenty minutes of distracted walking we arrive on the grounds of the monastery.

A modern restaurant made of concrete, a fast construction of questionable aesthetic taste, looks out over the gorge of Santa Maria, where we see the cable on which the
Aerial Tram ascends, a cable car manufactured before the war in Germany. At a height of over 600 metres, down below, we see riverbed of the Llobregat, with its clear waters of earthy brown colour. In the distance, 30 kilometres in a straight line to the southeast, we make out Tibidabo Mountain, with the basilica building at its peak, looking to the other side. To the right of this, the modern communications tower of Collserola. Hiding out of sight beyond the Tibidabo, the bustling city of Barcelona and beyond we can see the Mediterranean.

We approach the monastery. The Benedictine Monastery of Montserrat was founded in 1027 by Abbot Oliva and is located on the southeastern slope of the mountain. Only the portal remains from the early church in Romanesque style. In 1537 it was enlarged and restored in the Gothic style. The present church dates from the second half of the Sixteenth Century and consists of a single nave with twelve side chapels.

The oldest parts of the monastery date from the Eighteenth Century, because in 1811 the monastery was destroyed by the French. It is said Napoleon’s troops destroyed the monastery when searching for the Grail, but they failed to find it.

The image of Our Lady is inside the basilica and she presides within a chapel of Romanesque style built in 1878 by Francisco de P. del Villar and decorated with stain glass and polychrome marble. Carved from white poplar, the image of Our Lady dates from the Ninth Century.

Visiting throughout the grounds of the basilica and monastery, we find tourists from all over Europe, mainly French, German, Italian and from Slavic and Hispanic American countries.

At the end of the esplanade where we find the monastery, there is a small square with two exemplary specimens of yews, magic trees since Antiquity. The entire tree is poisonous (and hallucinogenic) except for the fruit. We encounter various types of yew everywhere on Montserrat, some of which, those in the more inaccessible places, are of considerable age and size. Due to the quality of its wood, the hand of man has made this tree disappear from the mountains of the region, but on Montserrat they have survived thanks to the difficulty of access and expulsion of the more earthly-minded. On this magic mountain we find them almost everywhere in the spaces among the vertical stone formations, like guardians of the narrow road to higher elevations.

From the Monastery, 721 metres above sea level, we start the climb to the summit of San Jeronimo (Sant Jeroni), situated at 1224 metres. That is, the gap to overcome is 503 metres. To do so at a leisurely pace will take about an hour fifteen minutes.

After climbing 1024 steps we arrive at the “Pla dels Ocells”, or Plana de los Pajaros, at 930 meters in altitude. Now we continue along the riverbed of Santa Maria which almost always remains dry, because the karst nature of the mountain precludes the existence of streams of water on the surface. We walk through various shady oak forests interspersed with some maples and dotted with holly trees and other shrubs, arriving at the hermitage of San Jeronimo, at an altitude of 1150 metres, on the Tabor of the mountain. This area is habitually the residence of a colony of small kittens and cats.

From the hermitage of San Jeronimo we climb a final gap of 74 metres to reach the namesake peak at 1224 metres, the greatest height on Montserrat. For this we walk for 8 to 10 minutes (depending on the state of health and strength of each one), ascending a flight of stairs and steep slopes.

We have privileged views already at the summit of San Jeronimo (Sant Jeroni), dominating the whole mountain of Montserrat. At the summit in the centre of the small circular plaza 5 metres in diameter, we have a “rose of the winds” made of steel indicating and pointing out the mountains that can be distinguished. If we stand at the railing at the edge of the north ravine, we see 700 metres of free fall. In winter the snow blankets the peaks of the Pyrenees with white that can be seen on the northern horizon and in the mornings fogs like to ascend sinuously stretching away from and abandoning the valleys. On a very clear day, which are very few, one can see the island of Mallorca to the south crowned with its mountain of the Puigmajor. In the first place, towards the north, in the valleys we see the salt mines of Cardona, and beyond are the Rasos de Peguera, first elevation over two thousand metres high in the Southern Pyrenees. Further north, the Puigmal and towards the northeast the Canigo, already in French Roussillon. Turning a little to the north stands the Aneto, the highest peak in the Pyrenees, and to the northwest we see the entire Central Pyrenees. Twenty kilometres to the northeast as the bird flies, in the same Cordillera Prelitoral in which we find ourselves, we see Sant Llorenç de Munt, a mountain with notable similarities to Montserrat, and beyond that Montseny, composed of Matagalls (left) and Turo del Home (right), at over 1700 metres altitude above sea level. On Montserrat herself, towards Can Masana (to the west), we see the graceful and slender mountains Brothers (Frares) and Agulles. To the south and west of Montserrat are stony mountains of poor lands in which pine forests grow (afforestation), native oak and some small-leaved oaks (roure martinenc), and further, to the south, the wine region of Penedes.

Descending down the San Jeronimo, back to the monastery, we again pass through a helicopter pad, where we are surprised to find an Hispanic ibex. True, a few years ago some specimens of this animal had been introduced into the area…and it seems some have adapted. The ibex seemed to wait for something to eat, but we had nothing to give.

Back in the monastery, my attention is fixed on a natural formation, a rock that stands as guardian from across the Santa Maria to the south. It is a rock figure that calls my attention with its defiant form, reminding me of a powerful winged being like ancient Sumerian, Persian and Hittite statues. Thus I think: “You are a guardian keeping the heart of the mountain, lest anyone unworthy might try to access her”.

The evening darkens and clouds illuminated by the last rays of the sun stand out against the sky. To the south, towards the valley of the Llbregat and the city of Barcelona, electric streetlights come on and artificially illuminate the world of men, as if attempting to prevent the dark light of the mystery from shining in their world.
3 – Montserrat: Land of Spirit

The “Black Madonna”, as noted above, is the wood engraving made from white poplar that was discovered in the late Eleventh Century by shepherds who roamed the nearby valleys with their herds. Guided by angelic sounds and lights over seven consecutive Saturdays, seven shepherds from Monistrol saw various lights descend over a particular place on the mountain where there is a cave. Brought to the cave, illuminated by a supernatural glow, they found the image of what was the Patroness of Catalonia: a “Black Virgin”. When the bishop of Barcelona ordered the image to be taken to the Cathedral of Barcelona, the figure became so heavy that every effort to move her was useless. She remained in place and a hermit built a chapel for her. Over this place with time the Benedictine monastery was constructed as well as the basilica that renders her worship.

On the 21st of February, 1345, hundreds of people could see how a light coming from Montserrat came through the old church of Carmen de Manresa, light that “seems to be a star”, divided into three parts, regrouping again in the Chapel of the Holy Trinity, from there flying away towards Montserrat. This phenomenon caused such an impact that every 21st of February the feast of “La misteriosa Llum” (the mysterious light) is still celebrated in its memory.

Each anniversary of the consecration of the Basilica of Montserrat, which took place on February 2, 1592, the feast is celebrated in the liturgical calendar. Montserrat, besides being a Marian shrine, stands out as one of the most important “UFO Sanctuaries” in Spain. Since 1977 Lluis Jose Grifol reserves each 11th day of the month for as many people as want to spot “ship sightings”.

Montserrat is a massif of impressive geological formations. Officially the form of the mountain is attributed to rational and “logical” explanations, but none of these theories provide an explanation sufficient for such an excess of natural beauty and suggestive forms. Montserrat has inspired mystics, hermits, great artists…What is the treasure hidden inside her? What energy or Force has come to shape such beautiful forms that always point to the vertical?

One of the greatest mysteries of Montserrat is her underworld. Among the multitude of caves and passages hidden inside the mountain, only the 549 metres that make up the “visitor’s zone” of the Salnitre Cave can be visited without difficulty. At the end of that passageway is the immense central hall, or Cathedral Cave, in which on occasion concerts are held, as well as the spectacular “Pou del Diable” (Devil’s Well) and the Cave of Cambrils. The numerous geologic formations of these caves inspire the most fantastic interpretations of devils, fairies and supernatural beings. None less than Antonio Gaudi was inspired in his works by what he saw in the subterranean and exterior world of Montserrat.

The truth is that Montserrat is a mountain in which disturbing energy manifestations are produced. Among the most enigmatic events are the disappearances of various people without a trace. So, on the night of Saint John in 1975, Pep, a resident of Collbató (on the southern slope of the mountain, where the Salnitre Cave is located), disappeared from this world when he returned from putting out a fire in an area that presented no difficulties…and his body was never found. There have been innumerable other disappearances in the vicinity, but there is no need to itemise the list and detail such cases.

Montserrat…there are inter-dimensional portals in this mountain. There is a direct connection between the Inner Earth, Agartha (The Underground Kingdom of the Gods) and Montserrat. The energy flowing from the Magic Mountain comes from this subterranean world. In short, a door to another world.

When Atlantis fell destroyed by her own errors disappearing beneath the face of the earth, a group of Atlantean survivors created this “portal”, thus shaping the bold forms of Montserrat. As we have seen, the mountain is an inter-dimesional door that ensures the nexus with the world of the Ancients and the Gods.

As noted earlier, some studies claim that Montserrat is a hollow mountain, inside which there is also an underground lake. Many claim that within this “intra-terrestrial” place hidden from the world, the Grail is kept, precious object guarded by angels and creator of every magic present in the Barcelonian mountain. Many believe the Montserrat of the Grail Legends is Montserrat and have searched unsuccessfully through its caverns. The Nazis collected these witness accounts and searched for the Grail inspired by esoteric doctrines. Otto Rahn, SS officer from 1934, inspected Montserrat after his stay in the region of Montsegur in the French Pyrenees and Himmler, the SS Reichsführer, visited Barcelona and Montserrat in 1940. The Nazis sought the Force emanating from this object (the Grail) to become invincible. Himmler showed special interest in the geologic formations of the mountain, as well as in access to their underworld.

Montserrat is linked to various other places scattered around the world, forming fortresses of Agartha. Their initiates come to these fortresses of “natural” spirit to receive initiation from Agartha. The “intra-terrestrial” world shows through Montserrat: the countless sightings of UFOs point us in this direction.

The ancient prophecies of the Indo-Europeans tell us when human beings forget the divine, corruption will reign and dominate the world. Then men will be bloodthirsty beings who despise their brothers and the crowns of kings shall fall. Chaos will bring a terrible war that will strike and destroy the whole world. What will happen in such a Dantesque scenario is that the Sovereign of Agartha and his loyal followers will come up to the surface of the earth to establish the reign of tspirit…uprightness, wisdom, peace. And the demons will be thrown into fires that consume every impurity…

“Master, what is Zen?” asks the disciple.

The teacher replies: “Zen is the cypress in the courtyard.”

The cypress is verticality, the spirit. Such are the stone spires of Montserrat that stand up straight and conquer this world of death and decadence. Because the spirit is vertical: Spirit never dies. Such is the Force that gives shape and life to Montserrat. Life conquers death. For that reason Montserrat is Agartha: The vertical energy of the spirit manifests on this mortal world.

At the entrance to the Basilica of Montserrat, on the left, there is a small patio with several Romanesque columns. In the midst of this small austere courtyard, by “chance”, a cypress with all its force rises skywards.

“Agartha stands up over the world: Montserrat is her temple for eternity.”

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