This church is in the old town of Ponferrada, directly opposite the castle of the Templars. It is Baroque and was built in the 17th century in stone with a slate roof. It has a Latin cross. Most notable is the tower of three bodies, raised on the front door. In the last section is the bell tower. Currently not used as a place of worship, but it houses a Baroque altarpiece and the crucified Christ of the Fortress (XIV century).
Along with the Templar Castle, the Basilica de la Encina is a must-see in Ponferrada. In the Plaza de la Encina, it is in the highest part of the city and its high tower, visible from everywhere, has the nickname "Bierzo Giralda". The temple is from the 16th century and has a Latin cross plan in Renaissance style. But the most significant is inside: the image of La Morenica (Virgen de la Encina, patron of Bierzo), a polychrome wooden altarpiece at the main altar, made by Gregorio Hernandez. The celebrations of the city are the Fiestas de la Encina, in honor of the Virgin. 2008 was the centennial of incorporation of Ponferrada as a city, so it was very high-profile, and the Virgin was veiled all night and then went in procession accompanied by more than 100 banners from all parts of Castilla y León.