An Orthodox monk inside Abuna Yemata Guh church, Tigray, Ethiopia, Africa

The most remarkable and remote art in the world revealed

Encouraging travellers to ditch the museum and head off the beaten track, author Dana Arnold reveals to MailOnline Travel the world's best places to discover remote art and architecture.

Today& feast of the Holy Name of Mary was first celebrated in Spain in 1513 but was extended to the whole Church as an act of thanksgivi.

Our Lady of Montserrat or the Virgin of Montserrat (Catalan: Mare de Déu de Montserrat) is a statue of the Virgin Mary and infant Christ venerated at the Santa Maria de Montserrat monastery on the Montserrat Mountain in Catalonia. She is the Patron Saint of Catalonia, an honour she shares with Saint George (Sant Jordi in Catalan). It is one of the black Madonnas of Europe, hence its familiar Catalan name, la Moreneta ("the little dark-skinned one" or "the little dark one").

Our Lady of Montserrat or the Virgin of Montserrat (Catalan: Mare de Déu de Montserrat) is a statue of the Virgin Mary and infant Christ venerated at the Santa Maria de Montserrat monastery on the Montserrat Mountain in Catalonia. She is the Patron Saint of Catalonia, an honour she shares with Saint George (Sant Jordi in Catalan). It is one of the black Madonnas of Europe, hence its familiar Catalan name, la Moreneta ("the little dark-skinned one" or "the little dark one").

La Madonna di Oropa (La Madonna Nera)  Gioielli ordinati dda corte Sabauda a Juvarra   Piemonte

La Madonna di Oropa (La Madonna Nera) Gioielli ordinati dda corte Sabauda a Juvarra Piemonte

Guatemala, Maya culture Late Classic period (A.D. 600–900) c. 600–800

Mayan painted clay statue from the Tik'al archaeological site. Figure of a God from the burial site of Yax Nuun Ayiin I. The website explains a great deal about Mayan art history.

Sainte Sara la Kali - in the South of France, they elaborately dress her on festival day, May 28th.

Sainte Sara la Kali - considered the patron saint of gypsies and the Black Madonna of the Roma peoples. Her festival day is celebrated in the South of France on May

/\ /\ . The very famous Notre Dame du Puy at the Cathedrale in Le Puy-en-Velay. The original was burned during the French Revolution but this is a reconstruction based on the numerous famous illustrations of perhaps the most powerful Vierge in France. She was very likely the model for many of the Vierges Romanes and was the most famous of the Black Madonnas. In Le Puy she has the place of honor on the altar of the Cathedrale.

Ebony image of the Blessed Virgin, located in the Cathedrale Notre Dame du Puy, France. The story behind the image is very interesting too, and filled with historical significance.

The Black Madonna of Montserrat.    Also, the Holy Grail was said to be kept safe at the castle of Munsalvaesche (mons salvationis) or Montsalvat (Montserrat), entrusted to Titurel, the first Grail-King.

The Black Madonna of Montserrat. Also, the Holy Grail was said to be kept safe at the castle of Munsalvaesche (mons salvationis) or Montsalvat (Montserrat), entrusted to Titurel, the first Grail-King.

Our Lady of Czestochowa

The Black Madonna of Częstochowa is a revered icon of the Virgin Mary housed at the Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa, Poland. Artist: Luke the Evangelist. Dimensions: 122 cm x 82 cm x 3 cm

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