The view from MontserratLocated in the province of Barcelona, the mountain called Montserrat is the setting for the pilgrimage shrine (the basilica housing the image of St. Mary), a monastery, and service buildings for visitors.
The basilica from the rear
|Before the basilica is an atrium known as the atrium of Abbot Argerich (18th century). It has a black and white marble floor in imitation of that of the Capitoline Plaza in Rome designed by Michelangelo. Although the first stone of the basilica was laid in 1560, the church was not consecrated until 1592. Several restoration have occured since then.
Left: Loggia at side of atrium with sculpture of St. Ignatius Loyola
This work is actually on a wall to the left of the walkway up to the basilica (on Our Lady's Hill)
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