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There is no place like Seville, Spain, during Holy Week.

The city of Seville, in Spain’s southern region of Andalusia, is home to one one of the most mesmerizing Catholic traditions in the world. Here is the Plaza de España before the festivities begin.

The procession during Holy Week in Seville

The medieval atmosphere is still very much alive in Seville, where thousands of believers take to the streets wearing medieval robes to celebrate Semana Santa.

The Cathedral of St. Mary, Seville

Seville’s Cathedral is the final destination of the processions that start from churches scattered around the city.

Brothers of San Roque order wearing the green velvet capirote.

“Brotherhoods” enjoy a friendly competition in terms of costume and statue design. Costumes are probably the most impressive sight for visitors to Seville. Thousands of “brothers” take the streets wearing traditional capirotes, pointed hoods of colored fabric, that look like they were extracted straight from a medieval illuminated manuscript.

A group of Nazarenos of the Pino Montano confraternity.

Members of confraternities who wear the capirote are known as Nazarenos.

A group of penitentes inside Seville’s cathedral

Those who bear the cross are known as penitentes.

A wooden statue of Jesus covered in gold

This statue was carried by the Brotherhood of the Great Power, a Catholic brotherhood in Seville. Passers-by toss confetti and flowers onto the pasos, or floats, carrying statues.
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