Monasterio de Santa Maria de Montserrat, Montserrat, Spain

Once at the Monastery of Saint Mary of Montserrat, one approaches the basilica from Plaza de Santa Maria, enters a roofless, interior courtyard, and then enters the basilica itself.  Above the doorways to the basilica is a bas relief depiction of Christ and the Apostles.  Above the main altar hangs a crucifix with an ivory sculpture of Christ attributed to Michelangelo.  Behind and above the altar, one can see an arched window opening to the Black Madonna of Monterrat, commonly known as La Moreneta (The Dark-Skinned One).

Approching the Basilica of Montserrat from Plaza de Santa Maria

Approaching the Basilica of Montserrat from Plaza de Santa Maria

SOURCE:  Approaching the Basilica of Montserrat from Plaza de Santa Maria (Montserrat, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 04 August 2011.

In the Courtyard before the Basilica of Montserrat

In the Courtyard before the Basilica of Montserrat

SOURCE:  In the Courtyard before the Basilica of Montserrat (Montserrat, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 04 August 2011.

Christ and the Apostles above the Door to the Basilica of Montserrat

Christ and the Apostles above the Door to the Basilica of Montserrat

SOURCE:  Christ and the Apostles above the Door to the Basilica of Montserrat (Montserrat, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 04 August 2011.

Inside the Basilica of Montserrat

Inside the Basilica of Montserrat

SOURCE:  Inside the Basilica of Montserrat (Montserrat, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 04 August 2011.

Copyright © 2011 by Stephen J. Danko

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