Santa Maria de Montserrat
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Santa Maria de Montserrat (Photo Courtesy: Bernard Gagnon)
It is a Benedictine abbey which hosts the Black Madonna, and the Publicacions de l'Abadia de Montserrat: the oldest press in the world which still runs. It published it's with the first book published in 1499. Virgin of Montserrat (the black virgin), is Catalonia's favourite saint. It is located in the sanctuary of the Mare de Deu de Montserrat. The statue's sanctuary is located at the rear of the chapel, where an altar of gold surrounds the icon, and is now a site of pilgrimage. Do not miss the iconic view of the mountains from the top. If you have hiked it up there then you are sure to enjoy it all the more to see what's in store for you after you made all the effort.
Barcelona (61 Kms)