Bullring and Holy Week processions in Seville

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Inside the Bull Ring
After a late morning breakfast at the hotel, we went out in search of the Bullring. On the way, we saw that the chapel behind the hotel was open and that people were gathering there to see the sculptures for the procession. So we joined them and went into the chapel. There were two floats, one carrying the virgin Mary, weeping, it was beautiful, but the most famous one in Seville was in the Basilica de la Macarena which we did not have time to go see, Another float carried Jesus Christ as he was taken away by the Roman soldiers.
We found the Bullring not very far away, it was a big circular structure in bright yellow, red and white , and we had walked right by it the night before. We bought tickets, and took a tour of the ring, and the museum. The guided tour went to the stadium of the bullring first, where we could see the seating stands, and the various entries where the bulls, and the bullfighters enter the ring.
Weeping virgin Mary from the Capilla de Molviedro, not the most famous one from the Basillica de la Macarena which we never got to see
We went under the stadium to the museum of bullfighting. The museum had many heads of famous bulls on its wall, fancy costumes of the bullfighters, paintings of famous bullfighters, other paintings of bull fights, history of bullfighting which only went back a few hundred years.
After the tour, we walked along the river, crossed the bridge to Triana again, while watching people preparing to go on processions. They were the bands for the processions, and were getting suited up and off to the processions. We could see people going into the old town to see the processions, it was very festival in atmosphere, definitely fun and exciting. So we went back to the hotel to catch the procession which went right in front of the hotel about 3pm.

The street in front the hotel was getting really crowded, and we got back just in time.
Muscle men who carried the floats in the procession waited along the route to take turns carrying the float.
Our hotel room was in the corner, and actually was a great spot for viewing the processing. It was funny that there was apparently a car which was parked in the procession route, narrow street there, and had to be towed. It was pretty exciting to see how they towed this car around the corner of this very narrow street, and people having to make way for the tow truck and car.

The procession started with someone carrying a huge cross. The people in each procession had their own uniform, in the form of a cloak and a big tall pointy hat covering their heads and faces, only holes were made for their eyes. Almost looked like the KKK, but obviously not evil! There were young people, kids in the processions too, and young girls also. They were carrying huge candles which looked like big sticks.
Procession of Holy Week
Different processions had different color schemes in their outfit. There were even babies in strollers in the procession. The whole atmosphere was pretty casual though, some family members walking with their children in cloaks, while they were not in cloaks. The processions marched very slowly. Many feet can be seen under each float, shuffling. Every little while they would stop and lower the float so they could rest. There were people directing the float, telling them to stop, to go, to turn and such. We also saw the people carrying the floats taking shift changes, they were mostly young muscular men who had white shirts and their head was covered in either a shirt folded that way or some special scarves which covered and protected their heads under the floats.
kid getting candies from the brothers in the procession


After the procession went past our hotel, the crowed dispersed and we went out again. This time we went past the Cathedral, stopped at the bar Las Teresas which we saw last night (with the hanging hams!) on Calle St Teresa for a little snack of tapas, then we walked further east and I was hoping to see the Plaza de Espana. Except another procession was going that way, so we went with the flow, and stopped to look at this procession on ground level. We were at the big Plaza Don Juan de Austria, so there was plenty of room to stand and the crowds were not so dense. It was interesting to see the processions at ground level, we felt like we were participating, even on the sidelines. The procession stopped often, and we saw kids, lots of them along the street watching.
getting more wax from the candles
They carried baskets or bags full of candies, and they were getting the candies from the people in the procession! Apparently this is part of the fun for the kids. Also kids were holding balls of wax gathered from the huge candles from the processions. Not all the people in the procession were willing to drip their wax on these balls, so the kids would wander among the procession, looking for willing wax drippers. It was all very family friendly, and most interesting to watch.

It was getting late, and we decided to get fried seafood to go at the famous establishment called Freiduria La Isla. People would stand at the little tables in the restaurant to eat, but we couldn't get a free table, so we took our order back to the hotel to eat. We must say it was quite a deal, lots of variety of seafood, delicious and inexpensive.
We watched our first procession coming back to the church around 11pm, I am sure these people must be exhausted after such a long day of walking and carrying the floats.
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Inside the Bull Ring
Inside the Bull Ring
Weeping virgin Mary from the Capil…
Weeping virgin Mary from the Capi…
Muscle men who carried the floats …
Muscle men who carried the floats…
Procession of Holy Week
Procession of Holy Week
kid getting candies from the broth…
kid getting candies from the brot…
getting more wax from the candles
getting more wax from the candles
Before the procession people gathe…
Before the procession people gath…
Virgin Mary and lots of candles is…
Virgin Mary and lots of candles i…
The other float carrying Christ an…
The other float carrying Christ a…
Palm branch at one of the many win…
Palm branch at one of the many wi…
the Bullring front entrance
the Bullring front entrance
horse carriage in front of the Bul…
horse carriage in front of the Bu…
horse carriage in front of the Bul…
horse carriage in front of the Bu…
the main entrance of the Bullring
the main entrance of the Bullring
the main entrance of the Bullring
the main entrance of the Bullring
the main entrance of the Bullring,…
the main entrance of the Bullring…
A calendar at the Bullring showing…
A calendar at the Bullring showin…
the store inside the Bullring
the store inside the Bullring
on the way to the Bullring
on the way to the Bullring
stone steps for seats at the Bullr…
stone steps for seats at the Bull…
The covered Princes Balcony seati…
The covered Prince's Balcony seat…
View of the Bullring from the Prin…
View of the Bullring from the Pri…
close-up, across the bullring
close-up, across the bullring
The bulldozer preparing the ground
The bulldozer preparing the ground
stadium seats in the Bullring
stadium seats in the Bullring
the Bullring viewed from the Princ…
the Bullring viewed from the Prin…
where the royals sat at the bullri…
where the royals sat at the bullr…
stone steps marked with seat numbe…
stone steps marked with seat numb…
The bulls would have gone through …
The bulls would have gone through…
head of a famous bull in the museu…
head of a famous bull in the muse…
gruesome looking heads used for pr…
gruesome looking heads used for p…
A feathered hat of in the Bull Rin…
A feathered hat of in the Bull Ri…
An illustration of the bull ring
An illustration of the bull ring
yup, this status holds the head fo…
yup, this status holds the head f…
painting of a mishap in the bull r…
painting of a mishap in the bull …
inside the Bull Ring museum, famou…
inside the Bull Ring museum, famo…
elaborate costumes of the bull fig…
elaborate costumes of the bull fi…
another famous bull
another famous bull
elaborate costumes of the bull fig…
elaborate costumes of the bull fi…
this is the mother of some famous …
this is the mother of some famous…
elaborate cape of the bull fighters
elaborate cape of the bull fighters
elaborate cape of the bull fighters
elaborate cape of the bull fighters
The chapel where the bull fighters…
The chapel where the bull fighter…
The chapel where the bull fighters…
The chapel where the bull fighter…
horses were decorated too
horses were decorated too
In the Bull Ring
In the Bull Ring
horse stalls
horse stalls
checking the calendar outside the …
checking the calendar outside the…
Along the river, people getting re…
Along the river, people getting r…
Along the river, people getting re…
Along the river, people getting r…
at the Triana bridge
at the Triana bridge
view toward Tiana across the river
view toward Tiana across the river
Along the river, people getting re…
Along the river, people getting r…
Along the river, people getting re…
Along the river, people getting r…
across the Bridge Isabel II
across the Bridge Isabel II
a building in Triana
a building in Triana
The other side of the River, in Tr…
The other side of the River, in T…
The river Guadalquivir from the Is…
The river Guadalquivir from the I…
nice door knockers
nice door knockers
people on the streets in Triana
people on the streets in Triana
trying to get back to our hotel, w…
trying to get back to our hotel, …
in front of our hotel
in front of our hotel
view down the street from our hote…
view down the street from our hot…
car being towed rounding the corne…
car being towed rounding the corn…
view down the street toward the ch…
view down the street toward the c…
The processing starting with broth…
The processing starting with brot…
band in the procession
band in the procession
Looking down from the window of ou…
Looking down from the window of o…
Procession of Holy Week, carrying …
Procession of Holy Week, carrying…
Procession of Holy Week
Procession of Holy Week
Procession of Holy Week
Procession of Holy Week
Procession of Holy Week
Procession of Holy Week
Procession of Holy Week, the littl…
Procession of Holy Week, the litt…
Procession of Holy Week, this one …
Procession of Holy Week, this one…
Procession of Holy Week
Procession of Holy Week
Procession of Holy Week
Procession of Holy Week
Procession of Holy Week, how crowd…
Procession of Holy Week, how crow…
Procession of Holy Week, chaotic f…
Procession of Holy Week, chaotic …
Procession of Holy Week
Procession of Holy Week
Procession of Holy Week
Procession of Holy Week
Procession of Holy Week
Procession of Holy Week
Procession of Holy Week
Procession of Holy Week
Procession of Holy Week
Procession of Holy Week
Procession of Holy Week
Procession of Holy Week
Looking down the street, following…
Looking down the street, followin…
straight outside our window
straight outside our window
Changing shifts, people in white h…
Changing shifts, people in white …
near the Cathedral, procession goi…
near the Cathedral, procession go…
near the Cathedral, people watchin…
near the Cathedral, people watchi…
The Giraldo Tower at the Cathedral
The Giraldo Tower at the Cathedral
at the plaza in front of the Cathe…
at the plaza in front of the Cath…
down the street from the Cathedral
down the street from the Cathedral
at the bar, stopping for some tapas
at the bar, stopping for some tapas
at the bar, stopping for some tapas
at the bar, stopping for some tapas
at the plaza Santa Cruz in the Bar…
at the plaza Santa Cruz in the Ba…
at the plaza Santa Cruz in the Bar…
at the plaza Santa Cruz in the Ba…
French flags at the embassy, Plaza…
French flags at the embassy, Plaz…
Plaza Santa Cruz
Plaza Santa Cruz
Plaza Santa Cruz
Plaza Santa Cruz
Plaza Santa Cruz
Plaza Santa Cruz
park outside the Alcazar
park outside the Alcazar
At Plaza Don Juan de Austria, watc…
At Plaza Don Juan de Austria, wat…
At Plaza Don Juan de Austria, watc…
At Plaza Don Juan de Austria, wat…
At Plaza Don Juan de Austria, watc…
At Plaza Don Juan de Austria, wat…
lighting the big candles
lighting the big candles
The kid in the middle of the proce…
The kid in the middle of the proc…
the insignia of la paz from the …
the insignia of "la paz" from the…
kid getting wax from the candles t…
kid getting wax from the candles …
getting more wax from the candles
getting more wax from the candles
getting more wax from the candles,…
getting more wax from the candles…
getting more wax from the candles,…
getting more wax from the candles…
Fountain at Puerta de Jerez
Fountain at Puerta de Jerez
Fountain at Puerta de Jerez
Fountain at Puerta de Jerez
Fountain at Puerta de Jerez
Fountain at Puerta de Jerez
Fried seafood for dinner from Frei…
Fried seafood for dinner from Fre…
Procession coming back about 11pm,…
Procession coming back about 11pm…
procession going back to the churc…
procession going back to the chur…
crowds on the street below our win…
crowds on the street below our wi…
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photo by: JP-NED