Monestir de Montserrat VII
50km (31mi) northwest of Barcelona, weird rocky crags, ruined hermitage caves, and a monastery founded in 1025 to commemorate visions of the Virgin Mary, symbolized with a 12th-century Romanesque wooden sculpture of Mary with the baby Jesus in BLACK, now houses a community of about 80 monks, and pilgrims come to venerate the candle-smoke-blackened Mary & Jesus. Spain, Jan.2,2006