Madrid Saints

During our recent trip to Madrid we were lucky enough to be there during Semana Santa.  This is a very special time in Spain, where they have processions and other celebrations.  They take Easter very seriously.

I love it, being brought up a Cathlolic (though long since stopped believing) I still get a thrill from all the ceremony and ritual involved.  I’ve always have a love of gold and elaborate embroidery which I think stems from my early exposure to it in church.

There is a lot of energy on the street in Madrid during procession time it’s really exciting to be out and about with the heady sent of insence in the air and the crowds pressing forward to get the best view of the procession.

Here are a few photos we took.

All dressed up and ready to go.

Everyone was in the church to pay their respects to the saints
One of the saints out in the streets
They are carried by people, at the front and back and also underneath

There are so many people all straining to get a view 

And here you can see some of the penitents that lead the procession.
It’s an amazing experience to be there during the processions, most of the old town of Madrid is taken over by them.  You can read a bit about the history of it here
I’d love to hear about any experiences you have had of Semana Santa in Spain, or indeed any other country.

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