Church, Museum sights in Spain
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This church dates from the 13th century, and it was from this pulpit that Santa Teresa was castigated most vehemently for her reforms. It has been restored to house mostly Roman foundation stones and a splendid floor mosaic.
The stately Iglesia de San Andrés crowns the plaza of the same name, providing a lovely backdrop for the impromptu parties that fill this square on Sunday afternoons as the El Rastro crowd drifts in. Gutted during Spain’s civil war, it was restored to its former glory and is at its best when illuminated at night.
This basilica is the home of Seville’s most revered Virgin and will give you a whiff of the fervour inspired by Semana Santa. The Virgen de la Esperanza Macarena (Macarena Virgin of Hope), a magnificent statue adorned with a golden crown, lavish vestments, and five diamond-and-emerald brooches donated by famous 20th-century matador Joselito El Gallo, stands in splendour behind the main altarpiece.
La Macarena, as she is commonly known, is the patron of bullfighters and Seville’s supreme representation of the grieving, yet hopeful, mother of Christ. The power of this fragile, beautiful statue is most evident in the small hours of the madrugá (Good Friday) Semana…