Manresa (mänrāˈsə) [key], city (1990 pop. 65,818), Barcelona prov., NE Spain, in Catalonia, on the Cardoner River. It is an industrial center with textile, metallurgical, and glass industries. Of ancient origin, Manresa has a Roman bridge and a Gothic collegiate church. It is a place of pilgrimage because St. Ignatius of Loyola prayed there (1522) on his way back from Montserrat. There is a conservatory of music in Manresa.