Nossa Senhora da Encarnação Sanctuary, Leiria

Visit the Nossa Senhora da Encarnação Sanctuary in Leiria, Portugal.

Nossa Senhora da Encarnação Sanctuary, Leiria
Nossa Senhora da Encarnação Sanctuary
© Hugo Carriço

The Nossa Senhora da Encarnação Sanctuary is located on the mount of San Gabriel, in the eastern part of the city of Leiria, Portugal.

It is a pilgrimage-destination church which was built in the 16th century atop the old hermitage of San Gabriel.

The grand staircase that precedes it was built in the 18th century by order of Bishop D. Fray Miguel de Bolhões. Even today, his heraldry can be seen there.


Next to the entrance, there is a gallery framed by seven arches. The central arch is the highest and is overlapped by a worked pediment where a statue of the archangel San Gabriel stands.

Inside, there is a high altar with a statue of the patron virgin of the city, Nossa Senhora da Encarnação.

The church is paneled with 17th century coloured tiles overlapping with paintings related to the patron’s life.

In the high choir and in the major chapel, there are some paintings about the miracles of Nossa Senhora da Encarnação as well.

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Rua de Nossa Senhora da Encarnação, Leiria.

Opening times:

Monday through Friday: from 9h00 to 14h00.
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: from 9h00 to 18h00.

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