SPAIN - The Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Monserrat is built into the mountain and offers visitors a staggering view. Monserrat is translated 'sawed mountain'. It is about 45 km northwest of Barcelona.
Our Lady of Montserrat or the Virgin of Montserrat (Catalan: Mare de Déu de Montserrat) is a statue of the Virgin Mary and infant Christ venerated at the Santa Maria de Montserrat monastery on the Montserrat Mountain in Catalonia. She is the Patron Saint of Catalonia, an honour she shares with Saint George (Sant Jordi in Catalan). It is one of the black Madonnas of Europe, hence its familiar Catalan name, la Moreneta ("the little dark-skinned one" or "the little dark one").