Semana Santa in Sevilla

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How are you guys ?

Here I am again to share with you my trip to Sevilla 🙂

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Sevilla or Sevilla in Spanish is the capital and largest city of Andalusia. Its Old Town contains three UNESCO World Heritage Sites : the Alcázar palace complex, the Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies. The Semana Santa (Holy Week) and the Feria de Sevilla (Seville Fair), are the two most well-known of Seville’s festivals. Seville is internationally renowned for the solemn but decorative processions during Holy Week.

A friend that I met in Madrid told me that he was going to Seville from 14th to 18th of April. Since I always wanted to go there and I had a 4 days weekend due to Holy Week, I told him that I join him to visit Seville.

Just a small fact → I took the train from Madrid to Seville, it’s about 2h30 to go. But what surprised me the most is the security at the train station in Madrid. It is very different from France and other country that I’ve been. To take your train you have to pass a security check and after you arrive in the boarding room with shops, etc, when you train is announced you go to the gate of your train, they check your ticket and after you go down to the railway platform and take the train. That reminds me of taking plane, I’m not used to such security to take a train. But I think this is very clever to do that and also I think it’s because of the attacks back in 2004.

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Plaza de la Alianza

As always I stayed in an Airbnb, for me its the cheapest and the most practical way to stay in a city. It was not in the center but 15-20 min away so not so long. And the people were really nice.

On the same time as we went to Seville it was also Holy Week AKA Semana Santa.

  • What is Semana Santa ?

Semana Santa is the Spanish term for Holy Week, the week preceding Easter in the Catholic calendar. It commemorates the last week of Jesus’ life, beginning with His arrival in Jerusalem, celebrated on Palm Sunday, and culminating in His Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Spain and many other Catholic Spanish-speaking countries are known for their elaborate processions and celebrations during this week.

Throughout Spain, penitents in Semana Santa processions typically wear a nazareno, or a cloak and hood with a pointed cap or capirote. The uniform has been in use since the Middle Ages, designed to let people practice penance publicly without revealing their identity. The penitents may walk the streets barefoot wearing chains or carrying crosses in imitation of Christ’s Passion.

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Capirote

• We visit a lot during those 4 days, I took around 360 photos so I will not post everything of course but I will share a lot 🙂

Before going I hearded a lot about this city, like it is really beautiful, with a good atmosphere, lot of history and culture. And well I was not disappointed at all.

The city center of Seville is very beautiful and well conserved, it is not that big you can visit everything by foot. If you go you will surely fall in love with all those littles streets, the architecture very typical from Andalusia and Spain. But most of all almost, all the buildings are colored, it’s really amazing ! We just get lost sometimes in the city and we’ve found places that we would never found if we just have followed maps, you just have to wander and you will find little gems.  But I’ll let you see 🙂

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Orange trees everywhere

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Crowd for processions

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Last evening in Sevilla

There was one place I really wanted to see for so long, Plaza de Espana ! The Plaza de España (“Spain Square”, in English) is a plaza in the María Luisa park in Seville, built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. It is a landmark example of the Regionalism Architecture, mixing elements of the Renaissance Revival and Moorish Revival styles of Spanish architecture.

The square is beautiful, the complex is a huge half-circle with buildings continually running around the edge accessible over the moat by numerous bridges representing the four ancient kingdoms of Spain. In the centre is the Vicente Traver fountain. By the walls of the Plaza are many tiled alcoves, each representing a different province of Spain.

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Also something I wanted to see that some friends recommend me was the Alcázar of Seville which is a royal palace in Seville, originally developed by Moorish Muslim kings. The palace is renowned as one of the most beautiful in Spain, being regarded as one of the most outstanding examples of mudéjar architecture found on the Iberian Peninsula.

The Reales Alcázares de Sevilla is a monumental complex that retains seven hectares of gardens. Those gardens are gorgeous, really different from Madrid or Northern Spain, you can really see the arabian influence. Take a look 🙂

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We also went to something more modern in term of architecture ahah. The Metropol Parasol is a wooden structure located at La Encarnación square, in the old quarter of Seville. It was designed by the German architect Jürgen Mayer. You can even go up, it’s 3€ or something and you have a really good view over the city.

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El Americano

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⇒ Here is some others photos from Seville

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La Torre de Oro and the Sevilla Tower in the back.

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Casino/Theater of the exposition

The Maria Luisa Park is a public park that stretches along the Guadalquivir River in Seville. It is Seville’s principal green area.

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The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See better known as Seville Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Seville. It is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. It is so big, it’s hard to take a good photo.

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One of the main idols used for the processions, people are carrying this around the city for HolyWeek.

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Building on the right is the General Archive from Indies

⇒ Seville is definitely a city to see once in your life ! As you can see the city is full of magnificent places, nice littles streets, colorful buildings, you can really feel the Andalusian spirit. Moreover during the Holy Week with all the processions.

I hope you guys liked my post 🙂

Stay tuned, my next trip is Barcelonaaaaaa

Hasta Luego

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