Seville Holy Week Agenda 2023: program, processions, itineraries, Madrugá, routes and schedules

Seville's Holy Week has been declared a Festival of International Tourist Interest

Seville Holy Week Agenda 2023: program, processions, itineraries, Madrugá, routes and schedules

Seville's Holy Week has been declared a Festival of International Tourist Interest. A unique demonstration of religiosity, emotions and art that makes the Andalusian capital one of the most sought after national destinations on these dates. After the absence of processions in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, Holy Week in Seville 2023 arrives full of expectation and devotion. The same or greater than in the last 2022 edition.

From many corners of Seville, the Nazarenes, pasos and cofrades leave and enter the temples, so it is worth reviewing the schedules and routes of each day of Holy Week and selecting the points of greatest interest.

The official race, where seats and boxes inaccessible to tourists are located, runs through Plaza de la Campana, Calle Sierpes, Plaza de San Francisco, Avenida de la Constitución, Plaza Virgen de los Reyes and other adjacent areas.

Although Palm Sunday and La Madrugá are considered the big days of Holy Week in Seville, the fervor begins much earlier in the Andalusian capital.

Vespers, Friday of Dolores and Saturday of Passion, are for the neighborhood corporations furthest from the center, the ones that have the most difficulty making a penance station in the cathedral.

These Brotherhoods come from neighborhoods such as Pino Montano, Bellavista, Palmete, San Jerónimo, Torreblanca or Nervión. It is the most unknown Sevillan Holy Week, but it has little to envy in art and passion to the rest of the days.

Sevillian day in Holy Week in Seville. It's Palm Sunday. Joy, jubilation and the best finery gather in some streets that, from the early hours of the afternoon, are soon receiving processions.

La Borriquita (the Sacred Entry into Jerusalem), the Stripped Jesus, the Virgin of La Paz, the Virgin of the Star of Triana, the brotherhood of Bitterness or, as a final climax, the crucified Christ of Love by Juan de Mesa arrive .

The brotherhoods make a penance station heading to the Cathedral from different points of Seville, such as San Pablo, Tiro de Línea, Tardón, Triana, León or Arenal. The procession of Santa Marta, which represents the transfer of Jesus to the Sepulchre, is one of the most anticipated moments of the day.

It is also the day of the Captive and Rescued (two steps), El Rocío (2), Santa Genoveva (2), San Gonzalo (2), La Vera Cruz (2), Las Penas (2), Las Aguas (2) and The Museum (2). Some tours exceed 12 hours in length with departures from the temples beginning before noon and ending at dawn.

In the Announcement of Jesus about the betrayal of Judas, the neighbors crowd in Cerro del Águila, San Benito or San Esteban, where sometimes unique gestures of devotion arise.

From the neighborhoods, the Virgin of the Brotherhood, the Virgin of Candelaria, the Virgin of the Incarnation or Jesus of the Presentation look out towards the Cathedral.

The day the Baratillo, San Bernardo, Los Panaderos, Cristo de Burgos, El Buen Fin, La Lanzada, Las Siete Palabras, Carmen Doloroso and La Sed come out, passes peacefully in streets packed with an audience that sees the procession of the Christ of Nervión, the Virgin of Consolation or the denials of San Pedro.

Holy Thursday, with mantillas and brotherhoods as prominent as El Valle, Pasión or Las Cigarreras, serves as a preamble to the great night of Madrugá.

Another special night for the Sevillians during Holy Week is La Madrugá. It takes place from midnight on Thursday until 2:00 p.m. on Friday and six brotherhoods participate in it: El Silencio, El Gran Poder, La Macarena, El Calvario, La Esperanza de Triana and Los Gitanos.

The processions pass through Sierpes street, San Francisco square or La Campana. La Madrugada begins at midnight and lasts for 14 hours, with Triana and the Puerta de Osario as the beginning and end of the day.

Palm Sunday is the day of joy, Thursday is fullness and Good Friday is decay. It is the departure of crucified people such as El Cachorro or Conversión, a day that closes the only passage of the Brotherhood of the Shroud.

The day that closes Holy Week runs between the Servita brotherhood through the narrow streets of the center; e mystery of the brotherhood of the Trinity or the closing of the day in charge of Soledad de San Lorenzo. It is an afternoon of regrets and hope for the resurrection of Jesus. The Cristo Varón de Dolores del Sol, the Virgen de la Esperanza de La Trinidad or the Holy Burial also appear.

With the steps of the Risen Christ and the Holy Mary of the Aurora, procession of the brotherhood of the Resurrection, the closing of Holy Week in Seville is made.

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