Virxe da Barca sanctuary

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Virxe da Barca sanctuary
  • El Santuario de la Virgen de la Barca
  • Santuario da Virxe da Barca
Vistas do Santuario da Virxe da Barca, Muxía, Galiza.jpg
Virxe da Barca sanctuary. In the background, A Ferida, a tribute sculpture to the volunteers who helped to clean the Prestige oil spill.
43°06′43″N 09°13′10″W / 43.11194°N 9.21944°W / 43.11194; -9.21944Coordinates: 43°06′43″N 09°13′10″W / 43.11194°N 9.21944°W / 43.11194; -9.21944
Location Muxía
Country Spain
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website website
Founded 17th century
Functional status Destroyed by lightning, 25 December 2013

The Virxe da Barca sanctuary is a church located in Muxía, Spain. It was destroyed by a fire that was started by lightning on 25 December 2013.[1]


The sanctuary was originally a pre-Christian Celtic shrine and sacred spot. This part of Spain was resistant to conversion to Christianity, and was only converted in the 12th century. The Christians built a hermitage on this location at first, and later the present church in the 17th century.


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  1. ^ "Un rayo destruye un emblemático santuario en Muxía". El Mundo. 2013-12-25. Archived from the original on 2013-12-25. Retrieved 2013-12-25. 

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