First, it was Semana Santa, or Holy Week, in Seville, which is the epicenter of Easter! Incredible! The focus is on their "Processions", or parades of the faithful. But, mass still lasted 2 1/2 hours. Really something to behold-much like Mardi Gras for the faithful!
Scary, isn't it? But it has an entirely different meaning here!
The procession includes these HUGE things that take many, many people to carry! Usually they also have candles or some type of lighting, and hold eitherMary or Jesus
Hundreds carry crosses
Even the sweets reflect the love of Semana Santa!
The Cathedral in Seville is the third largest in Europe, after St. Peters in Rome and St. Pauls in London. It is truly a huge monument, although we do not consider it the most beautiful. However, that does not take from its magnificence! The bell towers base was developed from the tower of a Mosque that orginally sat in this space.
The top of the bell tower (this is a replica on ground level)
Trivia questions: where is Columbus buried? Answer: Seville Cathedral!
Bell tower and rear of Cathedral from courtyard
Flying buttresses from the top of the bell tower (yes, we climbed it!)
Cathedral Square at sunset
Cathedral from Triana bridge
We rented a room from Alex and Sofia, a remarkable young couple, with an amazing enthusiasm for Seville. They live in the area of Triana, just across the river Quadraquevir. The view is amazing!!! The Triana Bridge was designed by a student of Eifle, of the Eifle Tower. On the Triana side, the river is lined with cafes!
Plaza de Espana is a beautiful square designed for the 1912 World Fair- truly amazing tile work! It is a semi=circle of beauty, with a large pool area for boating.
Even at night, it was beautiful. Spain does an excellent job at their lighting!
The Torre de Oro, or Tower of Gold, is the structure used to store the gold brought back from the New World. The Quadraquevir river is the only river in Spain that empties into the Atlantic. It has a really nice little museum that includes models of the NIna, Pinta and Santa Maria!
View from Triana
View from the river walk way
And of course: Flamenco!!!!
We will have to cover the Alcazar, both day and night, on a different post. It deserves its own!!!!