Image of Christ. Easter week procession in Valladolid © Turespaña
Sculpture of Christ and the two thieves, crucified. Easter week procession in Valladolid © Turespaña
Detail of one of the sculptures during a procession. Easter week in Valladolid © Turespaña
CategoryFestivity of International Tourist Interest
DatesMar 20, 2016 to Mar 27, 2016
The processions here are outstanding for the valuable statues created by important Spanish Baroque sculptors.
Holy Week in Valladolid is a fine example of the international repercussions this celebration has had.The Good Friday processions are considered an exquisite, rich display of Castilian religious sculpture. On this day, in the morning, members of the brotherhoods on horseback make a poetic proclamation throughout the city. The "Sermon of the Seven Words” is spoken in Plaza Mayor Square. In the afternoon, thousands of people take part in the Passion Procession, comprising 31 pasos (religious statues), most of which date from the 16th and 17th centuries. The last statue in the procession is the Virgen de las Angustias, and her return to the church is one of the most emotional moments of the celebrations, with the Salve Popular sung in her honour.
Easter week is one of the most spectacular and emotional fiestas here. Religious devotion, art, colour and music combine in acts to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ: the processions. Members of the different Easter brotherhoods, dressed in their characteristic robes, parade through the streets carrying religious statues (pasos) to the sound of drums and music – scenes of sober beauty.