Semana Santa Seville

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La holy week in Seville, or in Spanish Holy Week in Seville, is a very important annual event in Andalusia together with the Seville Fair. It is one of the most heartfelt holidays in all Seville, with a history that first began in the XNUMXth century. The beginning of the Holy Week it is Palm Sunday and lasts for 7 days until Easter Sunday or Resurrection Sunday.

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  • 1 The processions of the Semana Santa in Seville
    • 1.1 The Good Friday processions in Seville
    • 1.2 Information on Easter in Seville
    • 1.3 Video Semana Santa Seville
  • 2 Information on the Holy Week in Seville
  • 3 Routes of the processions of the Holy Week of Seville
    • 3.1 Songs and prayers in Seville
  • 4 Best places to see the processions in Seville

During this week the streets of the city are filled with processions with religious statues decorated for the occasion and that come from different churches in the city, the Nazarenes participate in each religious event who accompany the cart until the end of the journey. Each procession, leaving its main seat, goes to the Seville Cathedral.

The processions of the Semana santa in Seville

Every year thousands of Sevillians and faithful visitors participate in the Holy Week processions, each of which has two “pasos”, or two statues depicting the moments of the Passion of Christ and the Virgin Mary. Good Friday is the most day important for Seville and Semana Santa as the processions of Jesus of the Great Power, the Macarena, the Hope of Triana and the Christ of the Gypsies.



Each step is accompanied by a musical band and the Nazarenes, or penitents who wear a hood and walk barefoot carrying a candle or a cross. It seems that during the whole procession these do not speak to anyone, as an act of penance.

From afternoon to sunset, throughout the Holy Week, the brotherhoods go from their church to the Cathedral, carrying the pitch. As for Easter Sunday, there is only one brotherhood that runs along the "carrera oficial" (the official route), or the Brotherhood of the Resurrection.

The Good Friday processions in Seville

Throughout the week, as already mentioned, there are various processions and Good Friday is the day when everything ends and they meet, during the night, near the Cathedral where stands are set up to watch the show.

Information on Easter in Seville

There are around one million spectators attending the show every year Holy Week in Seville, from dawn to dusk following the various processions. It is good to understand how the latter work and let's try to explain it to you in 7 steps:

  1. The march: each procession is accompanied by a musical band that plays the "marches" of the brotherhood to which they belong all the way. The best, the most popular ones to be clear, are Jesus of Penis and Bitterness.
  2. The guiding cross: it is a symbol that opens at Semana Santa processions, or a cross that is supported by the Nazarenes and who also carry candles.
  3. Fedeli: pilgrims and faithful who gather in certain areas of the city where the processions pass.
  4. Nazareth members of the brotherhoods who are part of the procession and who carry various insignia and candles, have their faces covered with a mask and a hood and walk barefoot.
  5. Mystery of Christ: the mystery is in itself the step, or the chariot that carries the statues of the various churches. It can be that of Christ, but it can also be made up of several religious figures who have the purpose of representing the Christ's passion. To carry the "pasos" are the porters, they are in practice 30 men who are part of the brotherhood of mystery and who transport the cart from the headquarters to the cathedral. The first step of the procession is that of Christ.
  6. Penitents: these are faithful who perform a penance, carry wooden crosses with them and walk the path of mystery to the end with bare feet. It is a kind of vote. Like the Nazarenes, penitents also wear a hood.
  7. Palio: La Esperanza, it is about the mystery with the Virgin. This is probably one of the most important steps together with the Christ of the Gran Poder. Pilgrims often spend hours and hours waiting for the Virgin in strategic places in the city just to see her. It must be said that for the inhabitants of Seville each Virgin is special, unique and different even if in the eyes of tourists this one might seem exactly the same as another.

Here's how to understand what the Semana santa in Seville, but to further explore the topic it is mandatory to offer you a video about the event, enjoy it.



Semana Santa Seville


Semana SantaThe Semana Santa of Seville, religious event.Starts: 04/21/2019 08:00 pm Ends: 04/14 / 2019P.O. Box: 41089 Seville, Spain 41089 ES

Information on the Holy Week in Seville

During the week leading up to Easter is a good time for visit the city of Seville, however it is not just a religious event, but the Semana Santa in Seville every year it attracts millions of faithful who flock to the streets of the city. If you want to visit the city during this period, we advise you to book the hotel and possibly the restaurants where you want to dine well in advance to avoid finding everything full.

The best way to enjoy the various processions of Holy Week is certainly to know the route and avoid the "crucial" points due to the large amount of people expected to attend, you can view the website semana-santa.org to learn about the various routes.


The alternative is to stay near the churches from which the "pasos" start, the most interesting are there Basilica de la Macarena and the Basilica de Jesus del Gran Poder.

Routes of the processions of the Holy Week of Seville

Each fraternity has a path established by the church they belong to, however they all have a drawn in common which is the “Recorrido y Carrera Oficial” and they will pass through Puerta San Miguel, then through Calle de las Sierpes, Plaza de la Campana, Plaza de San Francisco, Avenida de la Costitución and then end in the Cathedral.

Songs and prayers in Seville

It is customary, during the passage of the various religious icons, to hear songs from the balconies of the city of Seville, this is because "prayers are sung" which take the name of Arrow. The authors practice throughout the year in order to prepare the singing and are usually also professionals who look out on the balconies to sing. This is probably one of the most evocative moments of the whole event itself.


Best places to see the processions in Seville

If you are wondering where is the best place to see the various processions, here is a list:

  • Through the streets of the Center
  • Triana neighborhood
  • The Macarena
  • El Arenal
  • The Triana Bridge
  • Fair Street
  • Alvarez Quintero Street
  • Alfa Alfa Square

We advise you to reach the stations well in advance as it is not easy to find a seat, however if you want you can buy a "chair" in the stands, however the cost is around hundreds of euros and it is not easy to be able to buy them.

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