Basílica de La Macarena

Basilica in Seville

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This mustard-yellow basilica is home to Seville’s most revered religious treasure, the Virgen de la Esperanza Macarena (Macarena Virgin of Hope), popularly known as the Macarena. This magnificent statue, a star of the city's fervent Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebrations, stands in splendour behind the main altarpiece, adorned with a golden crown, lavish vestments and five flower-shaped diamond and emerald brooches donated by the famous matador Joselito El Gallo in 1912.

The church has a small museum containing further treasures relating to the Virgin (audioguide €1), as well as a modern shop with a host of Esperanza-themed mementoes.

On the other side of the Macarena arch from the basilica is the longest surviving stretch of Seville’s 12th-century Almohad walls.