Through efforts of local residents Catalunya has managed to keep a lot of precious historical monuments attracting thousands of travelers to this picturesque region. Charming ancient towns and beautiful castles, unique natural resources and cultural centers with collections of artifacts make a stay in lovely Catalunya special.
In the immediate vicinity of Barcelona there is the mountain monastery of Montserrat, which is considered the spiritual center of the region. This is not just a religious object, but the unique cultural center with incomparable spiritual atmosphere. Benedictine monastery has remains an important center of pilgrimage for many hundreds of years. Its walls house the priceless religious artifact, the image of Madonna La Moreneta. According to scientists, the painting was created in the 12th century; Luke the Evangelist is considered its author.
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