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Montserrat in Spain

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The name of this mountain literally translates as 'sawn mountain'. Bizarre, unlike anything else, the mountain peaks have given rise to a huge number of legends. It is believed that it was here that the Apostle Peter brought the statue of the Virgin Mary created by Saint Luke, that it was here that Parsifal found the Holy Grail, and the famous composer Wagner was looking for inspiration in these mountains.

Montserrat is famous for pink hills and numerous religious symbols located on its slopes. Against the backdrop of the peaks, the vast monastery complex here seems very small. The ridges of the peaks, by the way, are dotted with caves in which hermits live or lived.

Since the beginning of the Middle Ages, a Benedictine monastery stood here. The modern building, however, dates back to the 19th century. It was then that it was rebuilt after the devastation that Napoleon's troops left here in 1812. The local Sanctuary of the Virgin Mary is also known throughout the world. Thousands of newlyweds come here in order to receive the blessing of the Dark-haired Moreneta – this is how the Spaniards call the statue of the Madonna and Child, made of wood, which has darkened with time. There is a museum at the monastery, which exhibits works not only by contemporary painters, but also by such masters as Dali, Picasso, Monet, Pizarro, Degas, Caravaggio, Correggio, El Greco and others.

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Author: Kelly Costine