The image is widely considered as a national treasure by the Spanish people, primarily because of its religious grandeur during Lenten celebrations. The image is also known for local folklore, most notably its discolored cheek allegedly caused by a bottle of wine thrown by a drunken Protestant rebel at her face which pious legend also claims has never been able to be removed. The Virgin of Macarena is commonly considered the patroness of bullfighters and Spanish Gypsies who hold a sincere devotion to the image.
Esta copla es un pasodoble grandioso, en el dialecto andaluz. La Macarena is a district of Seville, with a Basilica where the Virgin was installed. La Virgen is an image of Mary in tears, made of pine and cypress, about 69 inches tall.
My tour guide took me to see this church specifically to see the statue of the Virgin Of Hope of Macarena who was beautifully dressed, waiting to get on the float in a couple of days. The church itself is neither big, nor that ornate. The statue is breathtaking and a fine piece of Art.
The Virgin is a magnificient statue adorned with a golden crown, lavish vestments and diamond and emerald brooches. A magnificient sight. She is carried through the streets to the Cathedral.
During the week leading up to Easter, the city is packed with pilgrims witnessing 50 processions carrying about religious floats. La Esperanza. This Mary comes complete with crystal teardrops — she's like a 17th-century doll with human hair and articulated arms, and even dressed with underclothes.
It is a basilica that is not very different from most others. We went to it as it was part of the full day trip that we had booked. In hindsight, I would not go and visit it independently.
The colourful church with the statue of the Virgen de la Esperanza Macarena. The statue of the Virgin is surrounded by expensive relics, above the great altar of the Basilica. The Madonna statue is one of the most famous procession figures of Sevillethanks to its beauty and decorative, sumptuous robes, golden crown and diamond tears.