Semana Santa

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The Virgin
If Spain is the epicenter of Semana Santa, then Seville is its ground zero. Here pasos — lifesize, painted wooded images — are taken from their shrines and paraded around the city on large floats. Each brotherhood, including La Esperanza de Triana above, has at least two pasos — one representing a scene from the Passion and the other a Virgin (pictured here). The Virgin's mantle is decorated with gold and jewels and takes nearly two years to create.

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