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Paco Peña - Misa Flamenca - Canto penitencial - Tientos

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Uploaded on Feb 19, 2010

Nazarenes and Penitents

La Semana Santa (Holy Week/easter) has been one of the most important celebrations in Seville for centuries.

During holy week the Cofradías (Brotherhoods or Fraternities) process in penitence through the (many narrow) streets of the city, from their church to the Cathedral and back, taking the shortest possible route, as decreed in the rule of the ordinances by Cardenal Niño de Guevara in the 17th century.

Starting on Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday), and ending on Domingo de Resurrección (Easter Sunday), there are 57 brotherhoods that pay the religious visist to the Cathedral of Seville, the third largest Cathedral in the world.

It obviously is a religious celebration, but atheists too will be marveled by this impressive happening that lasts a week. It could well be considered the biggest and longest open-air theatre performance, where the city as a whole is the stage and the people of Seville themselves are the actors.

Dates of Semana Santa
2010 : 28 de Marzo - 4 de Abril
2011 : 17 - 24 de Abril

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