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THE AUTHENTIC SEVILLE: THE MARKET OF JUEVES (THURSDAY) AND THE CHURCH OF MACARENA.

By Seville Expert: Marta, Spain, July 2011

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We can start our tour in the Plaza de la Encarnacion radically transformed by the shopping center Parasol, better known as the mushrooms. Its architecture design leaves no one indifferent. In the basement, the Antiquarium with Roman mosaics which put us in Hispalis (roman name for Seville) 1600 years ago.

Going ahead we find the commercial Feria Street and there the popular market known as “Thursday”. This small market of antiquities (only Thursdays), held here for many years, is in one of the most authentic streets of Seville, between Alameda and the Macarena.

Candlesticks, angels, music boxes, pictures, old posters of bullfights... all kinds of second-hand items in a relaxed and popular atmosphere of old barter.

We go through old Gothic-Moorish churches from the fourteenth century as San Juan de la Palma and Omnium Sanctorum. At the corner of Feria street with Cruz Verde street we find a beautiful building-tower in regionalist style designed by Anibal Gonzalez, brick and tiles ceramic, two elements that identify Seville’s architecture.

Modern bars coexist with old taverns . Some meters away we have a fruit market, oranges in winter, strawberries from Huelva in springtime, melons and watermelons in summer ...

At the end of the street turning right we see the Muslim wall of Seville and the only gate still standing, the big Hospital of the Blood from the 16th century, today Parliament of Andalusia, and above all, the Church Macarena. Inside the most venerated image of the Virgin Mary in Seville, that goes out in a night procession every Easter.

This church, always full of devotees, has a very interesting museum of the Brotherhood, which could be a museum of Holy Week, the big festival in Seville.

To finish the tour have a local beer (Cruzcampo) in the old bar Plata, opposite the church.

End of this tour of the most authentic Seville, another way to see this city full of surprises.


 

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