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A Visit to the Black Madonna at Montserrat

About thirty miles outside of Barcelona, Spain, there is a mountain shrine to the Black Madonna called Montserrat. I had the good fortune to visit this place in January of this year. Montserrat means “serrated mountains,” referring to the amazing rock formations there. I had read about this place and wanted to go for many reasons but mostly because there is a Black Madonna there.  Montserrat is currently a Catholic monastery held by a sect of Benedictine monks. Legend says that they found the Black Madonna in a cave in 880 A.D., after apparitions appeared in the sky that led them to her....

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