Next to the Parador de San Marcos and integrated in the same building, this church was consecrated in 1541. It's Gothic style is decadent and inside, there are the choir stalls of Juan de Juni and Guillermo Doncel. To the right of the choir stalls, there is a small room in which Don Francisco Quevedo was imprisoned. The temple is divided into two parts separated by a wrought iron fence. Nowadays, it's often open for mass, but for years it served to separate the space of the parishioners from the altar intended for special visitors. Another aspect of the interior are the small chapels on the sides designed as confessionals. It's decorated with plateresques and the facade is full of shells from pilgrims. You can get to the museum though the church, and it has windows overlooking the interior patio.
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.
The Chapel of the Santa Vera Cruz is on the right side right next to the Church of San Francisco, in front of the Romana Square, with its Domus Mosaic being right in the center of Astorga. It's the Brotherhood of the Vera Cruz headquarters, and it's also where they keep some of the things that are related to the Easter procession during Holy Week, all of which are related to the Passion. Christ was tied to the column, the crucified Christ and Christ lying down. In another one of the parts of this square there's the Roman Museum and the Church of St. Bartholomew.