Tourist attractions // Virgen del Puerto Chapel

In the middle of the Dehesa de Valcorchero, about 5 kms. from the city, you will find this place of great beauty, from where you can enjoy magnificent views of Plasencia and the surrounding area. This sanctuary is where the patron saint of Plasencia, the Virgen del Puerto, is venerated. Its construction began in the 15th century, but the current building dates from the 18th century.

The main façade is crowned with a pediment with an oculus on its axis, safeguarded by the coats of arms of Plasencia and that of the first Marquises of Mirabel. The interior is beautifully decorated with reliefs and skirting boards from Talavera. The main altar of the Sanctuary of the Virgen del Puerto has a curved altarpiece at both ends, with three columns on each side, and is classical and gilded in style. It is all designed to house the image of the Virgen del Puerto in the centre of the altarpiece. The carving of the Virgen del Puerto is made of polychrome wood of the so-called “galactotrofusas” or Virgins of the Milk, as she is breastfeeding the child.

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