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Montserrat, Spain is unique in the world for its singular natural sorroundings, its religious character and the artistic exhibitions in the place.

Montserrat is home of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montserrat and a Benedictine Monastery with almost a thousand years of history. You can enjoy its panoramic views of nature, it has one of the best art galleries of Spain and you can listen in the Basilica for one of the best and most ancient boy's choir in Europe the Escolania de Montserrat.

This photo was taken as you approach the monastery and church. The church is facing the awesome pinnacles of the Montserrat mountains. The loftiest point is the Turo de San Jeronimo, also called Mirador and La Miranda (4070 ft.), which commands a view of the Pyrenees, and the Mediterranean Sea. The monastery and the church is nicely sited almost on the top of the Montserrat mountains. Both face the top of the mountain. A very nicely planned complex.

Our Lady of Montserrat, Patron Saint of Catalonia, is one of the most celebrated images in Spain, and her church is visited annually by more than 60,000 pilgrims. The image is small, black, and carved of wood, but possesses magnificent robes and jewels. In September 1881 it was solemnly crowned by Leo XIII., who sent a crown from Rome for that purpose.

Nikon D200
2007/09/10 00:46:39.2
Image Size: 3671 x 2447
Lens: Nikkor 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6 VR AF-S
Focal Length: 32mm
Exposure Mode: Programmed Auto
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/100 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Optimize Image: Vivid
White Balance: Auito
AF Mode: AF-c
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode III (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0
Saturation: Enhanced
Sharpening: Medium High
Image Comment: Copyright (C) 2007 Andre' Salvador
Long Exposure NR: Off

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