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 diamond-and-emerald brooches donated by the famous 20th-century matador Joselito El Gallo.

The church also has a small museum containing further treasures relating to the Virgin.

Across the street from the basilica is the longest surviving stretch of Seville’s 12th-century Almohad walls.


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