Scribbler in Seville

Semana Santa

Inside the Palacio de las Dueñas – home of a Seville icon

Inside the Palacio de las Dueñas – home of a Seville icon

Torrejon – tower – in corner of main patio. Today a major monument in Seville opened to the public for the first time ever in its centuries-long history. The Casa de las Dueñas is the official residence of the Dukes of…

The Biggest Misconceptions about Seville

You may (or indeed, may not) have noticed that lately, my blogging has been sporadic at best – not that I’ve ever been a strict twice-a-week kind of girl, if you know what I mean. Over the past few months, a…

Domingo de Ramas: La Paz in the park

The first procession to go out in Semana Santa (Holy Week) here in Seville is La Paz, on the afternoon of Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday). Dressed in long white robes and tall, pointed hoods with eye-holes – nazarenos; and…

Purple passion: Las Cigarreras on Jueves Santo

This year, Semana Santa here in Seville was, yet again, adversely affected by the weather. The processions which fill the city with statues, hooded penitents, incense, and devotion during Holy Week, were curtailed by rain, as so often happens –…

The route of the virgin

As the paso starts to emerge from the church – one of the most intricate manoeuvres, given that they are often little narrower than the entrance arch itself – a hush falls over the crowd. Anticipation sizzles through the people…

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