What to see in Jaen
The church was erected in 1248 in the San Ildefonso neighbourhood, which had been created after the expansion of the walled area of Jaen. The basilica is located in the homonymous square, where the sculpture of the Immaculate Conception of Mary stands out.
In 1430, what until then was only a small chapel took on great importance and became a sanctuary, where the Virgin is worshiped.
In 2010, it was declared a Minor Basilica by Pope Benedict XVI.
In terms of architecture, the exterior of the Basilica reminds us of the appearance of a fortress due to the presence of several semi-circular buttresses, which are in the shape of a tower and are located on the north wall.
Because the church was enlarged and remodelled over several centuries, its style is eclectic. This mixture of styles and its majestic size turned the building into a temple that looks like a cathedral.