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Seville Half-Day Small-Group Guided Sightseeing Tour
"You will be picked up from your hotel at 10am and start your tour by visiting the Royal Alcazares UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most remaining examples of Mudéjar architecture. Then visit Cathedral of Seville the largest Gothic cathedral in the world where you will find out the Christopher Columbus’s tomb (on Sundays will be substituted by another monument).You will also discover other monuments of Seville such as University
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Ibero-American Exposition of Seville Guided Tour and River Cruise
"During your guided walking tour scour the surroundings of the Maria Luisa Park public garden and the most famous park in the city of Seville. In this park the Spain Square and the America Square were built on the occasion of the Ibero-American Exposition in Seville in 1929. These squares are famous for their spectacular Seville regional architecture and for being one of the main attractions of the city.Spa take a beautiful panoramic cruise on the Guadalquivir river (approx. 1 hour) visiting classical and modern Sevilla. From the deck you can see the Bullring the old bridges
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Seville Sightseeing Tour with Aquarium and Boat Trip on Guadalquivir River
"You will start with a sightseeing tour and discover the most emblematic monuments of Seville. You will visit sites such as the University the Old Tobacco Factory scene of the story of Carmen Bizet's famous character San Telmo Palace The Golden Tower Isabel II Bridge and the Macarena Basilica. You will also visit the Plaza de España the jewel of the 1929 Iberoamerican Exposition. The Seville Aquarium offers the visitors a tour through 35 displays that allow them to learn about the flora and fauna. Learn about how Magellan encountered this during his journey back in 1519 when
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Basilica de la Virgen de la Esperanza Macarena Tips (8)


If you walk along the Calle Feria and turn right into the Calle Resolana you come to the Basilica de la Macarena.
From the former JUDERIA (now Santa Cruz district) where my hotel was it was quite a walk so my advice is: take plenty of time.....

This church is a modern one, built in 1949 on behalf of the Virgen de la Esperancia Macarena, whose temple was destroyed by the Revolutionaries in 1936 (Civil War).

The façade is regionalistic Andalusian whereas the interior is neo-Baroquestyle.
The shrine of the Virgen is on the high altar and is a masterpiece of goldsmithery!

This image is one of the most famous sculptures of Seville and is said to have been sculpted by Luisa Roldan, La Roldana, the only female sculptur who managed to become the official sculptor of the Spanish Court.

There is a fine shop at the entrance of the church where you will find all kinds of (religious) souvenirs....

At the entrance is also this candelabra/candlestick (you see in the picture) for those who want to burn a candle there....

It is forbidden to enter the church when Mass is being celebrated, which is normal I would say!

After having visited the church is it very worthwhile to roam the district and see the famous WALLS of La Macarena and so much more.....

I also visited (on my way back to my hotel) the Monastery of Santa Paula and a most lovely little church, one of the numerous churches you will see all over Seville.

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Apr 04, 2011

Basilica de La Macarena

This basilica is further away from downtown, but definitely worth a visit. This is where the famous statue of La Virgen Macarena is kept, and there is something special about this statue - every time I looked at her directly, I felt as though she were speaking to me. She was made by an anonymous artist, but a lot of people say that only angels could have built such a beauty. The basilica itself is also beautiful - paintings on the walls and ceilings that reminded me of the Sistine Chapel, and other beautiful statues of Mary and Jesus. There is also a museum and gift shop.

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Jul 07, 2007

Basilica of the Macarena-Basílica Macarena

This basilica was built by the architect Aurelio G?mez Mill?n in 1949 in Andalusian baroque style. It was commisioned by the Brotherhood of the Macarena, which was founded on 1595 in the Sevillian convent of Saint Basil as a hospitable congregation, whose aim was to attend to the sick, carry out charitable acts among its members and to practice the penance. In the 17th century it was transferred to the parish of Saint Gil. This church caught fire in 1936 at the beginning of the Spanish civil war and the images (Virgin Mary and Jesuscrist) were hiden in private houses.
The veneration of the Virgin of Hope of Macarena is very widespread in town. This representation of the Virgin is famous for the beautiful expression of her face, between smile and weeping.
You can also visit the Museum that contains the accessories, tunics and other items belonging to this Brotherhood, which is one of the most wealthy in Seville

La basílica la construyó el arquitecto Aurelio Gómez Millán en 1949, en estilo barroco andaluz. La obra fue encargada por la Hermandad de la Macarena, fundada en 1595 en el convento sevillano de San Basilio como una congregación hospitalaria, cuyo objetivo era cuidar a los enfermos, hacer actos de caridad y practicar la penitencia. En el siglo XVII se trasladaron a la Parroquia de San Gil, la cual fue incendiada en 1936, al comienzo de la guerra civil española, por lo que las imágenes fueron escondidas en domicilios particulares.
La veneración a la Virgen de la Esperanza Macarena está muy extendida en la ciudad. Esta imagen es famosa por la bella expresión de su cara, entre la sonrisa y el sollozo.
También poduedes visitar el museo que contiene accesorios, túnicas y otros objetos pertenecientes a la hermandad, que es una de las más ricas de Sevilla.

Visiting hours / Horarios
Basilica: 9:30-14:00 / 17:00-21:00
Museum: 9:30-14:00 / 17:00-20:00

Price / Precio
Basilica: Free
Museum: 3€

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Feb 17, 2006

Virgen de la Esperanza Macarena

Her shrine is worshipped beyond believe. The statue of the Virgen of Hope stands above the Basilica?s principle altar between gold and silver. Her design and carving are attributed to Luisa Roldan (1656-1703), a woman artist of the Seville School.
In the early hours of Good Friday, during Seville?s Semana Santa, the statue is carried through the streets on a float decorated with white flowers and candles.

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Mar 04, 2004
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Basilica de la Macarena

The Macarena basilica is a modern church, built between 1936 and 1941 by architect G?mez Mill?n. When we visited we noticed the masses going into the church. Inside it was not quiet like a church should be, but many (spanish) tourists were making pictures and talking to eachother about the main attraction of the church.
That is the Virgen de la Esperanza Macarena, made in the 17th century. It is the statue of Holy Mary that is the most important in Seville. The expression on her face brings out feelings of Hope. The statue is taken through the city in the holy week (Semana Santa)
In the church's museum you can see her jewels, clothes and Semana Santa floats.
Entranxe to the church was free, but for the museum you have to pay.

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Mar 04, 2004

Famous Basilica de la Macarena

La Macarena, the Virgin of Hope, is perhaps the city's most revered image and she is housed here in the neighborhood named in her honor. While this church is rather small, especially when compared to the more famous Cathedral of Sevilla, I found it to be one of the most beautiful in the city. The altar is dominated by the statue of La Macarena, complete with cheeks streaming with glass tears. La Macarena is the protector of the matadors and none would dare step into the bullring without first saying a prayer to her. You can walk behind the altar and up some stairs that lead directly behind the statue.

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Dec 21, 2002

Basílica de la Macarena

If you're not in Seville for Semana Santa, you can get an inkling of what it's all about at this 1940s church, which is home to the most adored religious image in all of Andalucía, the 17th-century Virgen de la Esperanza (Hope) sculpture. Commonly known simply as La Macarena, she is the patron saint of bullfighters and the city's supreme representation of the grieving, yet hoping, mother of Christ. The church's museum displays the holy lady's rich vestments and other lavish Semana Santa accoutrements.

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Oct 10, 2002

One of Many Beautiful Churches in Seville

I only saw this from the outside, so all I can say is that it looks really nice, as you can see on the picture.

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