La Moreneta. The Black Madonna in the upper section of the Basilica apse.
The Madonna figure stretches out her right hand, holding the globe, symbolising the cosmos.
With his right hand, the child, her son, gives a blessing, whilst his left hand holds a pinecone, symbol of fertility and everlasting life.
In 1881 this 12th century Romanesque carving was proclaimed the Montserrat patron saint of Catalonia.