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Semana Santa in pictures

April 5, 2012 – 12:09 pm

A barefoot penitente from the Los Estudiantes (the students) hermandad passes the door of the Fabrica de Tabacos - now the University - in Seville.

This year, Semana Santa all across Andalucia has, yet again, been adversely affected by the weather. Rain stopped pasos from coming out to do their processions in cities like Malaga, Granada and Sevilla, on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Yesterday, to the delight of many, all eight hermandades made their processions through the streets of Seville. Holy Week inspires extreme reactions – people either stay in the city for the duration, because they love it, and want to see their favourite pasos as they make their way from church to cathedral and back again, accompanied by a band and hooded nazarenos; or they get out of town to avoid all the noise and crowds.

I sit on the fence: I don’t live in the centre, so I don’t have to negotiate the packed streets, or suffer the “boom boom boom” of the drums; I love seeing a few processions, for a few hours, but that’s enough for me. After that, it’s off to another part of Andalucia for an Easter break with my family.

If you’ve never seen Semana Santa, it will seem strange, exotic and/or possibly slightly sinister. As I said, it provokes strong responses in those who experience it, or even see the photos.

Here are some hooded nazarenos, arriving at the university (formerly the Fabrica de Tabacos, whereCarmen and her friends rolled cigarettes) and a paso in the Seville barrio of San Bernardo.

A nazareno arrives at the chapel with two boys in Monaguillo dress, with their baskets of sweets to give out, on Martes Santo (Tuesday of Holy Week).

Nazarenos arriving for their procession, which was rained off - though they did carry their Virgin the short distance to the red University chapel you can see behind them.

Virgen de los Dolores of San Bernardo church in Seville, on Miercoles Santo (Holy Wednesday).

  1. One Response to “Semana Santa in pictures”

  2. Incredible Andalucia! I’m in love for Sevilla, this year was first time i went to Semana Santa! Great pictures!


    By macs on Apr 27, 2012

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