Known to the locals as La Moreneta (Catalan for “brown-skinned”) because of its dark color, the Madonna of Montserrat is a late 12th-century Romanesque wood carving. Its color is the result of the aging of the varnish on the face and hands of the statue.
The figure represents the Virgin of Montserrat with the Christ-Child sitting on her lap. In her right hand she holds a spherical orb that symbolizes the cosmos, creation, perfect volume, while her left hand appears to be moving to rest on the child’s shoulder. The Christ-Child is giving a blessing with his right hand while in the left he holds a pineapple, a symbol of fertility and eternal life.
The patron of Catalonia can be visited and venerated in the Basilica of the Monastery of Montserrat.
Olesa de Montserrat is a municipality rich in culture and tradition, located in the foothills of the mountain of Montserrat. Olesa de Montserrat is located in the north of the comarca (county) of Baix Llobregat, in the subcomarca of Montserratí, halfway between Barcelona and the Montserrat Monastery. The natural area of the municipality, with its beautiful and magnificent scenery, is bounded by the Llobregat river and the mountain chains of Sant Salvador de les Espases and Puigventós. Olesa’s roots are markedly agricultural; it is noted in particular for its cultivation of olives of the palomar or Olesan variety, native to the region, from which the famous Olesan oil is extracted.
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