This is a large complex frequented by pilgrims seeking favors from the Virgin Negra. There is a church, a school for the mesosopranos of the boys choir, a couple of facilities for housing and feeding pilgrims, beautiful scenery and hiking, a monestary and lots and lots of people. And of course, a funicular, but thankfully this time, no carnival rides. There are however a group of farmers selling cheese.
|The black virgin of Montserrat. She is said to perform miracles. There was a long line of folks who wanted to touch or kiss her.|
|Impressive interior of the altar|
|Great views. The fog eventually burns off and there are nice vistas of the valleys below.|
|This funicular is REALLY STEEP.|
|The complex at Montserrat.|
From here, we reboarded the transport and were off to visit the cava making industry in this part of Spain. The cava manufacturer we saw was
The grounds were gorgeous and they invested some cash in their buildings, but Lord have mercy do they have a big operation! We got to visit their "cave" where they can store 100 million bottles of sparkling wine. "But," they said, "we never have over 70 million." Serious underachievers!
|The tour begins here. The inside is reminiscent of Gaudi but is by someone else.|
|The old living quarters of the Cordonui-Revantes family.|
|the "new" summer estate|
|The old storage area...too small now|
|Historical storage equipment and presses|
|Graduated bottle sizes|
|Historical electrical equipment.|
|Initially the cava is stored in a slanted position and turned in a regular rotation.|
|on the vine|
|In the glass|
The wine "caves" were really impressive. Four stories underground with a constant temperature in the low 60s, these things went on forever and ever!