Top left, Montserrat Monastery, Catalonia
There are only 55 and not even all of them are here, because they also have 2 dependent houses in the French Pyrenees and Solsona, but the monks of the Abbey of Montserrat They are the human soul of the spiritual heart of Catalonia.
Y the spiritual heart of Catalonia, the Abbey and Monastery of Montserrat, beats every year with the force of the hundreds of thousands of faithful, pilgrims and tourists who visit it. Encased between the mountains, with a side that appears without vertigo to the emptiness, the Montserrat Monastery is an essential visit near Barcelona, whether or not you are a believer.
In fact, some people visit it looking for an answer to one of the riddles of the Universe, because it is said that in this area there is a frequent UFO activity (UFOs).
Montserrat Monastery, Catalonia
However, it is not necessary to go to another galaxy to look for the origin of the Monastery, although it is necessary to have a certain dose of faith.
The whole set of buildings that we see today, is based on the effect of some lights that shepherds saw in 880, for several days in a row. When looking for their origin, they found a chapel with the size of a virgin which they proceeded to lift to carry more flat land.
The legend continues saying that, suddenly, the weight of the height increased disproportionately and remained fixed at a point from which it could not move. Taken as, another, divine sign, around it a primitive hermitage was built.
It is not well known how, but up to four hermits of the fourth century (Santa María, San Acisclo, San Pedro and San Martín) lived together, of which there is historical evidence. But the germ of the current monastery is since 1025 that of Santa María, which housed the image of the Virgin of Montserrat, which is popularly known as "La Moreneta" due to its black color.
Courtyard and facade of the Abbey of Montserrat, Catalonia