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The hill is a pilgrim destination, as well as a tourist attraction. In addition to the church, the summit contains restaurants, cafeteria, souvenir shops and many smaller tourist facilities. Monserrate can be accessed by aerial tramway, a funicular or by climbing, the preferred way of pilgrims. The Governor of the Nuevo Reino de Granada (New Kingdom of Granada, what the majority of Colombia was called in the 17th century), Mr Juan de Borga authorized the building of a church in the name of Monserrat's Morena Virgin whose sanctuary was located in Barcelona, Spain.
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