We will be going waaaay up there, by cable car
There were some protests about going to yet another monastery/cathedral - but I think this turned out to be everyone's favorite day. Montserrat is a Benedictine monastery located high on a jagged mountain about an hour train ride outside Barcelona.

It is one of those impossible locations that make you wonder how it even came to be. Who decided this was a great place, and then how in the world did they get up there? The first monastery was possibly built here in 880, and became famed for its "Black Madonna" icon in the 12th century. Little of the original monastery remains, although there are still remnants of the hermitage caves above the basilica.

View down the cable car line

View up the funicular to Sant Jeroni

Nice view from not-even-the-top-yet

Mountain goat children

Pathway along the hernitage caves

Inside the basilica

The Black Madonna - so named because the
wood and varnish of he skin have darkened
over time