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Literary Andalucia

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

An invaluable companion for anyone who is interested in the literature of Andalucia. Andalucia – A Literary Guide for Travellers by Andrew and Suzanne Edwards (IB Tauris) This is a thoroughly-researched, comprehensive guide to every major writer who has ever lived, or spent time, in Andalucia. From Miguel de Cervantes to Michael Jacobs, ...

A mosque in Seville at last?

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

For a number of years - over a decade - the Islamic community has been trying to build a mosque in Seville. As anyone who has ever visited the city will be aware, during the 500-year period when the Seville was an Islamic city, it had a number of mosques, including the ...

Cultural and spectacular Christmas 2015 in Seville

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

The Christmas season is always a good time to be in Andalucia, and especially Seville, with over 200 streets lit up merrily by colourful lights, Christmas trees in various designs bedecking  city centre, belenes (nativity scenes) in every available space, and lots more. Two of the main areas to visit traditionally ...

Semana Santa in Seville 2015: a whole Holy Week of sun!

Friday, April 10th, 2015

[caption id="attachment_15228" align="aligncenter" width="414" caption="Band of Las Cigarerras of La Carreteria procession in Seville takes up the entire street."] [/caption] No celebration in Spain is as weather-dependent as Semana Santa. At the Feria de Abril, you can duck inside a nearby caseta to avoid a rain shower, nibbling some tasty queso ...

Semana Santa, Podemos, and an unfortunate gaffe

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

[caption id="attachment_2796" align="aligncenter" width="563" caption="Semana Santa in Seville - the city's most beloved festival. Mess with it at your peril, politicians."] [/caption] Earlier this week a news story took Social Media in Seville by storm. But it wasn’t about anything that had actually happened. Instead, it was the perfect example of ...

The season of romerias

Friday, June 13th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_14103" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="A flower-festooned wagon passes the Giralda in Seville."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14116" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The simpecado visits the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall)."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14105" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The insignia of the Seville hermandad of El Rocio."] [/caption] Groups, or hermandades[caption id="attachment_14106" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Groups of rocieros are always accompanied by drummers ...

Bumper Semana Santa in Malaga and Seville

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13686" align="aligncenter" width="468" caption="This year's Semana Santa was a bumper one for Malaga. Photo: Michelle Chaplow"] [/caption] All over Andalucia, this year we enjoyed a Semana Santa to remember, as most, if not all, of the processions in cities and towns all over the region were able to come out ...

A sunny Semana Santa!

Friday, April 18th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13650" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The Christ paso of La Sed in Plaza de España on Palm Sunday."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_13651" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The Virgin of Las Aguas at the Puerta del Principe, the main gate of the Cathedral."] [/caption] This year, for the first time since 2011, all the pasos in Seville's ...

Spring, Seville and Semana Santa

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13307" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption= "Orange blossom, which gives Seville its deliciously unmistakeable sweet spring-time scent."] [/caption] This is a very special time of year in southern Spain: spring. As the skies finally clear after what seems like months of rain (actually, they were), through the warm spring air wafts the ...

Light in Art and Science from the Islamic world

Friday, October 25th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12327" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Sunlight shines on the wall of the Hospital de los Venerables in Seville, where this exhibition is being held."] [/caption] No civilization left a more profound and lasting legacy in Andalucia than the Moors. From exquisite art and architecture, to advanced scientific and philosophical concepts, and even ...