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Basilica de la Encina

  • Address
    Pl. Virgen de la Encina, Ponferrada, Spain
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    Every day at Mass times
  • What to see
    Miraculous image of Virgin Mary


The Basílica de la Encina, located in Villafranca del Bierzo, León, is a prominent landmark on the Camino de Santiago. Its history dates back to the 16th century, and its architecture combines Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements, being an example of architectural beauty. Its name comes from the image of the Virgen de la Encina, found in an oak tree in the 13th century and venerated as a central religious figure.

The basilica is especially relevant for pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, since Villafranca del Bierzo is an essential stop on this ancient route. Many pilgrims visit the basilica to receive blessings before continuing their journey. The festival of the Virgen de la Encina is an outstanding celebration that attracts visitors and pilgrims, consolidating the basilica as a place of devotion and spiritual encounter.

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