Santa Maria in Monserrato degli Spagnoli, the national church of the Spanish, is dedicated to the Madonna of Montserrat, an ancient and a much venerated image of the Virgin, which is located in a shrine on the mountain of Montserrat near Barcelona.
Montserrat translates as the 'serrated mountain', hence the presence of a saw in the sculpture of the Virgin and Child, above the entrance to the church.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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