Monday, 20 April 2009

Semana Santa in Salamanca

These amazing photos (particularly if you click to enlarge them) were taken by Kate (on her mobile phone camera at the end of a series of long days giving masterclasses and concerts) mainly from the vantage point of the city centre apartment where she was staying. This is a true Catholic culture; there were thousands of people on the streets, the atmosphere one of real devotion combined with a kind of carnival spirit. The Spanish may say that Spain has become radically secularised over the last few years, particularly under the Zapatero government, but it doesn’t look that way from our perspective after centuries of popular protestantism and the resulting religious indifference.

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