The Holy Week

The Holy Week

Declared a Festival of International Tourist Interest, Holy Week in Toledo has several attractions that make it worth seeing, and above all, feel in the first person. The religious roots that the city of Toledo has always had, along with the scenery offered by its hidden alleyways, provide a peculiar atmosphere of recollection that is difficult to explain in words, since it must feel part of it. Apart from the personal faith of each individual, it is worthwhile to contemplate the different processions that run through numerous streets of the Historic Quarter, participating directly in them, or simply as a mere spectator enjoying the images that go out on the street accompanied by penitents with their peculiar Habits.

The most massive processions leave at the end of the afternoon, while the sun slowly hides its rays, and they travel the main streets of historic Toledo. While the more “intimate” processions, they do it in a later time, late at night or first hour of the morning, and its route is dispersed by narrower and hidden streets of the Historic Quarter. Not until many years ago were these last processions followed by a few spectators, who waited patiently in their wake. But in recent years, attracted precisely by this recollection and its original route, they have become processions in which you have to arrive a little in advance to get a good place where you can contemplate them.

And it would be difficult to choose one to recommend, because each one of them has a special charm not to be missed: the Procession of Christ the Redeemer with the songs of the Miserere by the Sheds, that of the Christ of the Vega leaving the Cathedral and returning to its hermitage At dawn down the Cambrón Gate, the image of Our Lady of Soledad accompanied by hundreds of ladies of her brotherhood with the typical mantilla and of rigorous mourning …

A very special moment is the afternoon of Holy Thursday, since after the celebration of the Holy Trades, the churches and convents of the city remain open so that all the faithful can come and pray before the Monument. A moment that can also be taken advantage of by anyone who wants to, while maintaining the logical respect, to visit and admire these churches and convents that are not always easy to visit.

The traveler will be able to verify that in the Holy Week of Toledo there does not exist the same typical bustle of the Andalusian towns, but rather a more proper recollection of the Castilian cities. A holiday that is worth knowing.

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