Montserrat Monastery or Santa Maria de Montserrat is a Benedictine abbey located on the mountain of Montserrat. The name means "serrated mountain" and it is Catalonia's most important religious retreat. The Virgin of Montserrat or the Black Madonna is the patron Saint of Catalonia and is probably its most famous feature. The statue of Virgin Mary and infant Christ sits at the back of the church, above the altar area. It is beleived that it dates from the late 12th century.