Semana Santa in Seville

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They may look like a lineup from the Ku Klux Klan, but these white-robed, pointy hatted Nazarenos are commemorating Holy Week in Seville, the same way their predecessors have been marking the somber occasion for the past 400 years. 

From Palm Sunday to Easter morning, groups of these Nazarenos from various churches in Seville walk in solemn processions through the city, carrying the baroque statues of Christ and the Virgin, sometimes singing sad songs, sometimes accompanied by brass bands.

If you want to watch these processions in Seville, which take place the week before Easter, you should wear comfy shoes, bring a good map and a printed schedule, and arrive at your spot at least an hour ahead of time. If you want to sleep, don't book a hotel room in the center of the city, because the processions take place around the clock.

Photo by Willem Kuijpers

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Hi

As spaniard , and can explain few things about our culteure:

he pointed hats "Capirotes" have a reason :

to help shy people to became part og the holy brotherhood and keep the out proud of beeing part of it. if anybody can see your face you cant be ashamed or show off.

Any way it a very curious thing to see, but for sure you are going to need at least four hours before see the show.

Best regards from barcelona

Santi
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I'll be going to Spain with a school program during Holy Week. My sister is terrified of those processionals. We'll be seeing one at night, with candles and all that jazz.
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