The other side of the mountain on the way to the Monastery, looking toward the snow-covered Pyrenees in the distance.
The photo above of the Monastery was taken on the winding trail down to the Cave.
Below is the Cave, perched on the edge of the cliff, where the Black Madonna was found.
This image of the Black Madonna, a bronze copy, is in the cave where the original was found. Legend has it that a light came from this cave at night about 800 years ago. Some men climbed up to see what the source of the light was and they discovered the Black Madonna sculpture. They tried to take her from the mountain, but could not move her very far before she became too heavy to carry. They felt this was a sign, and built the Monastery around her.
I stood in line at the Monastery to touch the hand of the Black Madonna. One million pilgrims per year visit this sacred Madonna to touch her hand and pray for blessings.