Montserrat, Spain: Shrine of the Black Madonna
In Catalonia, Spain, not far from Barcelona, you will find this historic monastery perched on a cliff. Inside is the famous statue of Our Lady of Montserrat, known as the Black Madonna, or moreneta in Catalan.
The origin of the image is unknown. Some claim that it was carved in the Holy Land in the early Centuries of the church while others put the date around the 13th Century.
Saint Ignatius of Loyola visited here after he recovered from his illness and laid down his military equipment in front of the statue. He went on to a period of asceticism before…..and eventually founding the order that became known as the Jesuits.
Traveling to Montserrat:
The easiest way to get to Montserrat is to catch a train from the rail station at Plaça Espanya—you will want line R-5. The train will take you to the base of the mountain. To reach the Monastery you can then take the cable car from the base of the mountain. There is an admission fee, which helps to support the efforts to restore the monastery.
Address: 08199 Montserrat, Barcelona, Spain
GPS coordinates: 41° 35′ 35.9736” N, 1° 50′ 15.6336” E
Tel: +34 938 77 7777
e-mail: [email protected]
Click here for the official website of the Monastery at Montserrat.
2. Abbey of Montserrat