Churches in Seville

The Basilica of Santa Maria de la Esperanza Macarena, popularly known as the Basilica of La Macarena, is a Catholic church located in the neighborhood of La Macarena in Seville (Spain). It is one of the most famous and frequented Marian temples in Seville. The principal Marian image, “La Esperanza de Macarena”, together with “Nuestra Señora del Rocío” in Huelva, and “La Esperanza de Triana” and “Nuestra Señora de los Reyes” the latter two in Seville are most widely venerated in Andalusia.

The Basilica of Macarena  is the seat of the Hermandad de La Esperanza Macarena, a huge confraternity in Seville, which makes a penitent station in the early hours of Good Friday with the images of the Virgin of Esperanza Macarena and Nuestro Señor Jesus de la Sentencia.

Chapel of the Macarena

The altarpiece is neo-baroque and houses the Virgen de la Esperanza Macarena, an anonymous image of the late seventeenth or early eighteenth century.

The altarpiece was made in 1949 by Juan Pérez Calvo and Rafael Fernandez del Toro; the imagery is by Luis Ortega Bru from Cadiz and the goldwork is by Antonio Sánchez. The assembly has a height of 12 m and is available in two bodies and the attic depicts allegories of the three theological virtues (faith, hope and charity).

The decoration of the chapel of the Virgin was done by Fernando Marmolejo Camargo, as well as the silver covering of the dressing room simulating the front of a pallium, replacing the previous work of Juan Pérez Calvo.

Chapel of the Judgment

The first chapel on the left side is is dedicated to of Our Lord Jesus of the Sentencia. It is called as such for it shows Jesus silent after being sentenced to death. It is an image made to be dressed by Felipe Morales on 1654. The altarpiece is done by Calvo Pérez’s workshop in 1951, and is a donation of officials of the Ministry of Justice. It is Baroque-inspired..

Chapel of Our Lady of the Holy Rosario

It is a chapel to the right of the altar where the image of the Virgin of the Rosary with the Child Jesus is found. This image, of anonymous author, attributed by some studies to Pedro Duque Cornejo, is carried during the last Sunday of October in a massive procession through the streets of the neighborhood. Her beautiful and sweet countenance holding the peaceful, sleeping Baby Jesus, is a favorite among many Sevillians.

TEXT SOURCE: Adapted excerpts from


AUDIO CREDIT AND SOURCE: “Ave Maria” (Morten Lauridsen) sung by the world famous, Philippine Madrigal Singers at Castelfranco, Emilia, Chiesa di San Giacomo on Sept. 10, 2012, video recorded video by Sergio Pigo, in

Its choirmaster is Mark Anthony Carpio, a world-renowned choirmaster and personal friend as well. He gave me permission to use the track for this video. Thanks a lot, Mark! And more power to all of the Philippine Madrigal Singers!



All photos taken by David Benjamin Salvosa except for the following:

Façade of the Basilica with the Arch of Macarena in

J Bandera, Besamanos, in

Alejandro García, Altar Extraordinario por el 50º Aniversario de la Basílica in

Cristo de la Sentencia in

Nuestra Señora del Rosario by Alvaro Aguilar in




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