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The Montserrat Monastery Spain
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover The Montserrat Monastery

25 mi inland from Barcelona, you should visit the Benedictine Montserrat Monastery. Hanging onto a rocky cliff, this superb building was established in 1025 to commemorate the appearance of the Virgin Mary at the summit of the mountain. It is nowadays home to a community of a hundred monks and receives numerous pilgrims. Its basilica is home to a Romanesque statue of la Moreneta, the 12th century Black Virgin, patron saint of Catalonia. A museum also encloses a beautiful collection of Egyptian mummies and Gothic altarpieces as well as paintings by El Greco, Monet, Degas, and Picasso. The most impressive way of getting to the monastery is to take the cable car from Aeri de Montserrat.

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