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HOLY
WEEK IN
CARTAGENA
18 MAR / 27 MAR 2016
> WHAT TO DO > FESTIVITIES AND FESTIVALS > > HOLY WEEK > HOLY WEEK CARTAGENA 2016

Declared of International Tourist Interest

The Holy Week in Cartagena is one of the greatest treasures of the city. Its processions, at night or in the early hours of the morning, are lived with so much excitement that even the tourists will not be able to avoid feeling involved in the devotion and dedication.

What makes the processions of Cartagena different is their perfect order and absolute silence, which has been inherited from the military past of the city. You will be impressed by the simultaneous movements of the hoods in the narrow streets of the city; by the richness of polychromes in the stunning thrones, and by the illumination provided by some special lamps called "cartelas".

MORE INFORMATION:

> Official Web Holy Week Cartagena pdf

WHAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE
The "Encuentro" (Encounter) in the early hours of Good Friday; when Our Father Jesús Nazareno comes out of the Pescadería de Santa Lucía (Fish market of Santa Lucía), and the Maundy of Pilato (Pilate).

THE MOST OUTSTANDING PROCESSIONS

The procession most renowned takes place during the early hours of the morning between Thursday and Friday before Palm Sunday. This penitential "Via Crucis" (Stations of the Cross) marks the beginning of the Holy Week in the city. But what makes this procession special in Cartagena is the route through the historical centre. The members of this Brotherhood are only accompanied by "tambores sordos" (muffled drums) and prayers in the different stations.

Then, the most spectacular and popular processions are the Magna Procesión del Cristo del Prendimiento de los Californios (Procession of the Arrest), on Spy Wednesday and the Procesión del Santo Entierro de los Marrajos (Procession of the Holy Burial), on Good Friday. Order, lights, flowers and music make of this procession something unforgettable.

The procession with greater devotion is held on Holy Tuesday, one of the days of the Holy Week in Cartagena which is authentically enjoyed. The "piquetes" (military squads) of the Spanish Marine Infantry and the Spanish Army accompany the statues through the calle Mayor.
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WHERE TO SEE THE PROCESSIONS

The Calle del Aire, Calle Mayor and Puerta de Murcia are the best places to enjoy the processions.

Another interesting venue to take into account would be the gate of the Iglesia de Santa María de Gracia (Church of Saint Mary of Grace), where all processions finish and the "Salve cartagenera" (Marian hymn typical of Cartagena) is sung.

It is advisable to see the procession of Friday before Palm Sunday in the plaza San Ginés. During the early hours of the morning on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, it is especially interesting to see the processions in the narrowest and hidden streets of the historical area of the city, which makes the appearance of thrones a moment even more impressive.

But there are other ways of seeing the processions in Cartagena. You will also be able to enjoy the astonishing landscapes from viewpoints and high locations, like the Cuesta de la Baronesa.
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NOT TO BE MISSED

The moment when the statue of San Pedro (Saint Peter) leaves the plaza de Armas of the Military Arsenal of Cartagena. This happens while the leader of the group requests approval for Pedro Marina Cartagena, name that the Apostle receives as part of the Army, to join the procession.
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CURIOSITIES
The procession of the Cofradía del Resucitado (Brotherhood of Risen Lord) on Easter Sunday; this is the only procession which takes place in the morning.

BEYOND HOODS

You should not leave Cartagena without knowing some of the most emblematic places of the city, such as the Roman Theatre, the district of the Roman forum or the Museo Nacional de Arqueología Subacuática (National Museum of Underwater Archaeology), ARQUA, that since this year offers the exhibition "tesoro de las Mercedes" (Treasury of the Mercedes), probably one of the biggest underwater treasures ever found. The collection consists of more than 570,000 gold and silver coins of the end of the 18th century and the beginnings of the 19th.

Nor forget to visit the urban beach of Cartagena, Cala Cortina, and to taste a "café asiático" (Asian coffee), which you'll only find here and whose origins go back to the 20th century, when sailors from Asia who landed in Cartagena asked for a coffee with condensed milk and cognac.
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