Day 2 - Sunday day of churches

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Practice for Easter Procession

We woke up at around 08.00 and took our time getting ready. This is the great thing about being on holidays without children, you can do everything at your own pace. We had breakfast and around 10.00 we decide to get going to explore the city. It was still quite chilly but sunny and temperatures were expected to rise to about 17 degrees so much better than at home!

 

At first we just walked around aimlessly but soon discovered we were sort of following one of the walking routes in the tourist guide we had with us. We decided to follow it for a while to see some of the sights. After a while we realized that on this particular route a lot of the sights were churches. The first one we came to was the Parrroquia de San Pedro.

Something very interesting seemed to be happening.

Parroquia de San Pedro
We saw a kind of procession with men seemingly with towels on their head who were in a big group carrying a big wooden contraption around. It turned out they were practicing for the Easter procession, where a statue of Jesus or Maria out of the church is tied on top of the wooden contraption and carried around for some distance. It looked heavy enough as it was and I can imagine those statues weigh a fair bit too!

 

After that we continued on to the Convent of Santa Inés which is right next door and was built in the second half of the fourteenth century. This was followed by Palacio de las Dueñas, the Seville residence of the House of Alba which was built during the 15th and 16th centuries. The Parroquia de Santa Catalina, erected in the mid-fourteenth century and now very run down, came next.

Seville orange tree (don't park your car underneath!)
The Iglesia de los Terceros which is owned by the Fransiscan Monks of the Third Order was the last stop before we veered off track for a bit. The detour took us past the Doratorio Municipal.

 

We came to a church of which I haven’t been able to find the name yet. We were told we could visit but as there was a service going on we didn’t want to interrupt as neither of us are believers we decided to keep walking. We then walked past the old city Walls in La Macarena. The part of the walls still standing includes eight turrets, seven square and one octagonal. There is also an arch with the same name which is now used as the district’s emblem.

 

Coming towards the end (or the beginning, depending on the direction you walk in I suppose) of these walls which date back to the Almoravin period you will find the Basílica de La Macarena (built in 1949 and devoted to Seville’s own Madonna) on the one side, and the Hospital de las Cinco Llagas which houses the Andalusian Parliament on the other.

Palacio de la Duenas

The Church of Santa Marina was our next stop, and then on to the Church of San Luis de los Franceses which is a wonderful example of Seville’s baroque architecture. The in my opinion much less impressive San Marcos was closely followed by the Convent of Santa Isabel. This is situated on a nice little square where we decided to rest for a while before continuing our walk. This was a very pleasant stop, with the sun shining, pigeons cooing and basically just watching people, one of my favourite pastimes. After about half an hour orso we continued past the Convent of Santa Paula, apparently one of the best examples of an enclosed convent. Because it is enclosed we decided not to venture any closer than walking past in the street. The Iglesia de San Juan de la Palma was the last church for the day and the only one we decided to check out from the inside.

Entrance to Palacio de las Duenas
The service had just ended and there were people just hangout out in the square outside in the sun. Inside there were still a few people, a baby had just been baptized and there was a photographer talking pictures. We didn’t want to intrude too much so we had a quick look around this Mudéjar Temple in which the saints of the brotherhood, Hermandad de la Armangura, are worshipped.

 

On the way back to the hostel we walked past the Museo des Bellas Arts, and the square this is situated on was the site for an outdoor arts market today. As we were both very tired of walking at this stage we decided to skip having a look around.

 

We were quite hungry by now and decided to go find somewhere to eat.

Parroquia de Santa Catalina
Not far from the hostel we Came across one of those places where the waiters stand out in the street trying to entice you to sit down. As the waiter was quite cute, who were we to resist? ;-)

Of course we know places like this are usually more expensive but as we hadn’t spent any money yet we thought we might as well. We sat outside under one of those patio heaters at this restaurant called Bodega Gongora. We had some wine, a selection of tapas and spent a lazy couple of hours there.

 

Back at the hostel we choose to sleep for a couple of hours (oh, the luxury!)

before trying to find somewhere for dinner. I couldn’t resist getting online for half an hour though to check out TB of course…

 

When we woke up we got ready to go out and suddenly the power went off in the whole building.

Iglesia de los Terceros
It turned out someone was using their hairdryer, a fuse was tripped and everything was fine…

 

We walked around for quite a while in search of dinner. We wanted authentic Spanish food and that wasn’t as easy as we had thought. Maybe we should have asked but we quite enjoyed walking around seeing the city all lit up. We eventually sat down at Robles Laredo (another cute waiter, maybe that’s what sucked us in?), and had a great time here. Again there were outdoor heaters so it was warm enough to sit outside in the square (with jackets on). We ate tapas again which were very nice, so much so we ordered a second portion of one of the dishes! We had some red wine (not so nice this time) and finished with a yummy looking dessert which you can pick out inside as they do not have a dessert menu. Café con leche for me, tea for my sister made for a perfect end to the day.

 

Petra2111 says:
WOW!!Prachtige foto's en heerlijke blog om te lezen, Patries!!! Groetjes!!
Posted on: Feb 22, 2009
Stevie_Wes says:
...oh and now, so hard upon the heels of your other sins (TB/ Wine/ admitting to the joys of child abandonment - poor R & J!) an addiction to cute waiters too! Jeez, anyone would think she'd gone on holiday or somethin'! ;D
Posted on: Feb 19, 2009
dahling says:
oh this all sounds so good...
Posted on: Feb 17, 2009
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Practice for Easter Procession
Practice for Easter Procession
Parroquia de San Pedro
Parroquia de San Pedro
Seville orange tree (dont park yo…
Seville orange tree (don't park y…
Palacio de la Duenas
Palacio de la Duenas
Entrance to Palacio de las Duenas
Entrance to Palacio de las Duenas
Parroquia de Santa Catalina
Parroquia de Santa Catalina
Iglesia de los Terceros
Iglesia de los Terceros
Church with no name (or at least I…
Church with no name (or at least …
Wall around a park
Wall around a park
Trying to find directions
Trying to find directions
Doratoria Municipal
Doratoria Municipal
Murellas de la Macarena
Murellas de la Macarena
Murellas de la Macarena
Murellas de la Macarena
Basilica de la Macarena
Basilica de la Macarena
Alley
Alley
Church of Santa Marina
Church of Santa Marina
Church of Santa Marina
Church of Santa Marina
Church of Santa Marina
Church of Santa Marina
Convent of Santa Isabel
Convent of Santa Isabel
Convent of Santa Isabel
Convent of Santa Isabel
Convent of Santa Isabel
Convent of Santa Isabel
Tree detail
Tree detail
Very tempted to buy this of course
Very tempted to buy this of course
Another pretty entrance to a house
Another pretty entrance to a house
Iglesia de San Juan de la Palma
Iglesia de San Juan de la Palma
Iglesia de San Juan de la Palma  i…
Iglesia de San Juan de la Palma …
Plaza de Museo des Bellas Artes
Plaza de Museo des Bellas Artes
Hostel outside
Hostel outside
One of the stairwells in the hostel
One of the stairwells in the hostel
Plaza Nueva
Plaza Nueva
Bodega Gongora
Bodega Gongora
Bodega Gongora
Bodega Gongora
Plaza San Fransisco
Plaza San Fransisco
Church
Church
Catedral y Giralda
Catedral y Giralda
Torre del Oro
Torre del Oro
Robles Laredo
Robles Laredo
Building without a name
Building without a name
Robles Laredo
Robles Laredo
Dessert
Dessert
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