7/25.- Montserrat, la Moreneta
In this photo you can see the image of our lady of Montserrat.
Although this is one of the most famous black madonnas in the world,
recent studies have demonstrated that originally the image was not
black. It seems that the fumes of the candles transformed its white
skin into black. For centuries our lady of Monsterrat has been called
La Moreneta (=dark skin). I wonder if someday they will
wash her face and call her "la Blanqueta" (=white skin).
A legend says the image was found in a cave in 889, but the sculpture
dates from the 12th century. In 1881, she was crowned and declared
the patron Saint of Catalonia. Montserrat (Montse) is a very popular
woman's name in Catalonia.