Wooden statue of the Virgin and Child, in the Benedictine monastery of Santa María de Montserrat.

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Cambril de la Mare de Déu


Signs to the right of the entrance to Montserrat's main basilica lead into the intimate Cambril de la Mare de Déu, where you can pay homage to the famous La Moreneta ('Little Brown One', or 'Black Virgin'), a revered 12th-century Romanesque wood-carved statue of the Virgin Mary with Jesus seated on her knee (and Catalonia's official patroness since 1881).

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1. Monestir de Montserrat

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Catalonia's most renowned monastery was established in 1025 to commemorate local shepherds' visions of the Virgin Mary, accompanied by celestial light and…

2. Basílica

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With marbled floors and art nouveau–style frescoes visible between graceful archways, the open courtyard fronting Montserrat's basilica immediately sets…

3. Museu de Montserrat


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5. Santa Cova

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6. Cova de Sant Ignasi

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7. La Seu

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8. Carrer del Balç

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