By now most of you know what “Semana Santa” means for Sevilla.
Starting this sunday (Palm Sunday) and ending on Easter Sunday it features the procession of pasos, floats of lifelike wooden sculptures of individual scenes of the events of the Passion, or images of the grieving Virgin Mary (the “pasos”).
One “paso” weigth about 3000kg and is carried by 40-50 men on their neck . They are called “costaleros” because they were a “costal” which means “sack” to protect their neck.
Those “pasos” are usually follwed by a group of “Nazarenos” that wear “capriotes” those sharp conic hats.
Throughout the week, this processions leave churches all over the city from early afternoon onwards, snaking through the city and back to their resting place many hours later. Good Friday morning is the climax, when the procession leave the churches at midnight and move through the town for most of the night. The highlight is the arrival at the cathedral in the early hours of the morning. On the Thursday, the local women wear black and “mantillas”.
The final lap of the official route goes from La Campana to Calle Sierpes to the cathedral and around the Giralda and the Bishop’s Palace. This is what sevillanos call “Carrera Oficial” and every single precession goes through those streets. Private grandstands are erected in the main squares and streets are filled with private chairs also.
The access to those streets is not possible during Semana Santa unless you are the owner of one of those seats (they sell out months before Semana Santa, so don´t try to go there and buy a seat!) from 15:00 to 23:00 every day of the week + the night of Thursday to Friday (known as : “La Madrugá”). So keep that in mind when trying to get around in the city center this week!
✞✞ But do you know how to get around in the city? how to find where every procession will be at all times?
For that you have to check the “LLamador” a little book you can find in bars and kiosks that has all the info of all the “hermandades” and all the info by day and time.
And for those that have data in their phones and want to have a live update during Semana Santa (so you can follow or avoid the “processiones”) you can download the app: El Penitente – La Guía de la Semana Santa