Art, feeling and tradition

Holy Week celebrations in Seville


Seville's Holy Week is, without a doubt, Seville's biggest festivities and commemorates the passion, death and resurrection of Christ, between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. 

Here, a large number of brotherhoods from all the districts follow the itinerary from their penitence start point to the Holy Cathedral, with hundreds of Nazarenes and brothers accompanying their sacred images step by step through the streets of Seville. 
Some of these brotherhoods are very old, others are post-war and there are also more recent ones. 

Initially, the brotherhoods of Seville made their way around the churches where they were based. In 1604 it was established that all the brotherhoods had to go to the cathedral on their journey, except for those based in Triana, which had to go to the church of Santa Ana. In 1830 the Brotherhood of La O was the first to cross the then existing bridge of boats to also head for the Cathedral.

Seville's Holy Week floats are elaborate works of art in which the processional images are carried.

The costaleros are the brothers who carry the floats and are covered by the skirts that border it. The team of costaleros is usually made up of 30 to 40 people, who, in different places previously established, take turns with other costaleros in the so-called relays. The Seville Holy Week floats, along there routes, are directed by the foreman, who walks outside in front of the float and leads it together with the counterguides, the foreman's assistants located at the corners of the float.

The floats in the Seville processions are usually accompanied by a band that plays processional marches during the route, although some have no accompaniment at all and others only have a wind trio.

Approximate date
March-April Easter Week


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