Fodor's Expert Review Basílica de la Macarena

Barrio de la Macarena Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This church holds Seville's most revered image, the Virgin of Hope—better known as La Macarena. Bedecked with candles and carnations, her cheeks streaming with glass tears, the Macarena steals the show at the procession on Holy Thursday, the highlight of Seville's Semana Santa pageant. The patron of Gypsies and the protector of the matador, her charms are so great that young sevillano bullfighter Joselito spent half his personal fortune buying her emeralds. When he was killed in the ring in 1920, La Macarena was dressed in widow's weeds for a month. The adjacent museum tells the history of Semana Santa traditions through processional and liturgical artifacts amassed by the Brotherhood of La Macarena over four centuries.

Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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Calle Bécquer 1
Seville, Andalusia  41002, Spain


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Rate Includes: Basilica free, museum €5

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