Sanctuary of our Lady of Argeme (17th-18th Century)

18th-century Baroque jewel of Extremadura marked by colonial legacies, declared a National Historic-Artistic Monument on 30 March 1983.

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Argeme (Santuario de Nuestra Señora Virgen de Argeme) is erected outside the city of Coria on the beautiful natural site, the old Dehesa de Malpartida, near the edge of the cliff formed by the Alagón River. According to the 13th-century municipal charter, known as Fuero de Coria, it was constructed in the same place where a small chapel must have already existed in medieval times. It still preserves some vestiges from the expansion work undertaken in the 16th century to house the highly revered Romanesque-Gothic statue of the Virgin Mary. This sculpture was possibly made in the workshops of León, which is housed inside the Sanctuary since 1830 and rests in its chapel from 1880, framed by a beautiful Rococo altarpiece from 1774.

The 18th-century Baroque temple is marked by colonial legacies and has a single rectangular nave divided into three sections by traverse ribs covered with groin vaults. The chevet, closed by fine grillwork since 1857, is crowned by a cupola on pendentives converted on the exterior into a dome with an octagonal lantern that sits upon the rest of the gable roof. Pinnacles, bell gables, arcades and a beautiful Palladian portico complete the external architecture, hosting the Patron Saint of Coria and its Diocese.

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Location: Municipality of Coria
Address: Ctra. Coria-Navalmoral de la Mata (EX-108)
Municipality: 10800 Coria (Cáceres)

Sanctuary Opening Times

  • Monday to Sunday, 08.00–20.00

(Open every day of the year)

Admission free

Mass Times

  • Sunday:
    • Winter evenings, 17.30
    • Summer evenings, 19.00
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