Basilica de la Macarena, Seville

On the northern tier of central Seville, the Basilica de la Macarena possesses the most revered image in Seville, "The Virgin of Hope" (Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza) which locals call La Macarena.

La Macarena is the patron saint of matadors and a favorite of Spanish gypsies. The Seville-born matador Joselito spent a large portion of his fortune to buy four emeralds for her statue. When he died in the ring in 1920, the Macarena dressed as a widow for a month.

The statue of La Macarena is attributed to the sculptor Pedro Roldán and thought to date from the end of the 17th century. Seated in a place of honor in the basilica, the beautiful Madonna statue is dressed in magnificent robes and jewels. Five teardrops run permanently down her elegant cheeks.

Each year on Good Friday, the holiest day of Semana Santa, the fraternity dedicated to La Macarena appears in procession, leading her image through the city streets in mourning for the death of her son.

The basilica also houses a treasury displaying rare ecclesiastical relics.


Getting There

The church is best approached on foot or by taxi going along the outer ring from Colón to Torneo to Resolano Andueza.

Quick Facts on Basilica de la Macarena

Site Information
Names:Basilica de la Macarena
Categories:churches; shrines
Dedication: Virgin Mary (Our Lady of Hope)
Dates:17th C
Status: active
Visitor and Contact Information
Coordinates:37.402495° N, 5.989383° W
Address:Puerta de la Macarena
Seville, Spain
Hours:Basilica: daily 9am-1pm and 5-8pm
Treasury: daily 9:30am-1pm and 5-8pm
Lodging:View hotels near Basilica de la Macarena
Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours and prices can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.


  1. Personal visit (April 3, 2007).
  2. Basilica de la Macarena -
  3. The Rough Guide to Spain 11 (2004), 304.

More Information

Exterior of the Basilica de la Macarena in Seville. © Holly Hayes
The beautiful statue of La Macarena, on her float for Semana Santa. © Holly Hayes
Side view of La Macarena during Semana Santa. © Holly Hayes

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