Semana Santa (Holy Week) – Seville, Spain

Seville (Sevilla) was an easy fun road trip destination for us while living in Lisbon. Although the city is wonderful anytime of year, Seville during Semana Santa is extra special. The following is a mix of photos from several days – organized not chronologically but by subject.

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Before getting to the Semana Santa Easter processions, let’s cross the Triana Bridge and do some sight seeing.

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Catholic Easter fashion

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The Seville Cathedral, Santa Maria de la Sede, is the largest Gothic building in the world and the 3rd largest church.

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The cathedral was founded in 1403 on the site of a Moorish mosque, in fact the Giralda (the cathedral’s bell tower) was the minaret of the mosque.

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Alcázar – Originally a Moorish fort and royal residence turned Spanish palace. The mixture of architectural styles, the Mudejar, Renaissance, and Neoclassical is spellbinding.

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Kids hanging around

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Spring green – Parque de María Luisa

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Plaza de España was built in Renaissance/Moorish Revival style in 1929 for the Ibero-American Exhibition.

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You can rent a boat and cruise the canals or hop in a carriage and tour the plaza and park.

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Delicious Food

Paella – Manchego cheese bruschetta – Tortilla espanola – And gazpacho

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Olive oil tasting at a gourmet shop we stumbled upon – Hanging jamon (ham) at El Rinconcillo, the oldest bar in Seville – And my mother-in-law’s plate of ham (she thought she had ordered a full meal, hahaha!)

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The Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla – the oldest bullring in Spain. There were no scheduled fights during our visit (I wasn’t too sad about that).

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Bullfighting Fashion

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Flamenco fashion

Flamenco Show at Tablao Flamenco Los Gallos

April Showers

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When the sun sets and the hooded and cloaked brotherhoods start slowing making their barefoot way to Seville’s main Cathedral, you experience the sensation of being transported back to Medieval times.

La Estrella Chapel – procession floats

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They begin at their own churches and proceed to the Seville Cathedral; some brotherhoods number in the thousands. IMG_0729 Hermandades y Cofradías de Penitencia de la Semana SantaIMG_0748

My son had a moment of panic when he saw the hooded figures, he frantically looked around then worriedly exclaimed, “Mom! I don’t see any black people!” I assured him that the hooded figures were not members of the Klan and that the black people in Seville were safe, but I too felt a bit creeped out by the hidden faces. I had to push thoughts of the Spanish Inquisition from my mind. I’m not Catholic so I was here solely for Semana Santa’s cultural significance and historical interest – it was an experience we will not forget.

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