Tradition, history, devotion and emotions go hand in hand during Holy Week in Zamora, a festival that dates back to the thirteenth century that has been declared an International Tourist Attraction. So what are you waiting for to discover it for yourself?
17 brotherhoods and more than 40 processions come together to celebrate Holy Week each year in Zamora, with the entire city getting involved during this 10-day unique event. From Friday of Sorrows to Easter Sunday, processions, some dating back to the seventeenth century, take to the streets with solemnity and devotion for spectators to enjoy.
Did you know that Holy Week in Zamora boasts two types of processions? That's right! Locals celebrate daytime processions and nighttime processions. The former are brighter and are accompanied by music, while the latter are a time of silence, sobriety and reflection.
Holy Week in Zamora is so important that it even has its own museum! This is a unique place in Spain where the floats paraded during the processions are preserved and exhibited to the public. Located in the city centre, it is the most visited museum in Zamora. If you are a fan of Easter, you can't miss it.
Do you know which are the most important processions in Zamora? No need to worry! We'll let you in on this secret.
Music plays an undisputed leading role during Holy Week in Zamora. Choirs and bands often participate in the processions to raise the tone.
In this sense, one of the most emotional and symbolic musical moments is when the Misere is sung by the more than 200 voices that make up the choir of the Penitent Brotherhood of Jesus Yacente, on Holy Thursday, when the Procesión del Jesús Yacente comes to an end.
So now you know! Holy Week is the perfect time of year to get see Zamora for yourself, enjoying it at its peak and in all its splendour.
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