Semana Santa in Sevilla

Fotoventures
Photography by Daniel Chavez
Under the full moon of the vernal equinox, during Semana Santa (Holy Week), the Spanish city of Seville is transformed into a moving tableau of religious scenes venerating the Passion and resurrection of Christ as well as his Sorrowful Mother’s grief. Their life-size images are carried throughout the city’s narrow cobblestoned streets on pasos (platforms) resembling massive ornate floats made of intricately carved and decorated wood, covered in gold or silver. Their Baroque style combined with the ornamentation of hundreds of flowers and dozens of candles create a resplendently illuminated scene as they float over a sea of humanity.