Alghero

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Alghero

Mettiti comodo, Il tuo viaggio verso la Riviera del Corallo inizia ora.

Holy Week

For those who want to get as close as possible to the traditions of Alghero, Holy Week affords the perfect opportunity to discover the devotion with which this city keeps its origins alive.

 

Organised by the Confraternity of the Misericordia, the rites involve numerous Italian and Catalan confraternities.

 

The Algherese religious tradition is most obviously akin to the Spanish tradition in terms of their shared Easter rituals. Throughout Holy Week, the city celebrates the mysteries relating to the cult of the Passion.

 

In the alleyways of the historical centre, illuminated by the soft red light of the candles (the so-called farols), you will witness the ceremonies of Alghero’s Setmana Santa (Holy Week), which for centuries have seen the faithful prepare for the re-evocation of the crucifixion.

 

On the Thursday night, you can enter into the drama by joining the procession that accompanies the statue of the Seven Sorrows of the Virgin as she searches for her Son, or the procession of the Madonna of the Misericordia, which leads the Santcristus to the Cathedral of Santa Maria, where the great crucifix is raised in the ritual called arborement.

 

On Good Friday, you can experience the celebration of the most important phase of the Setmana, called desclavament: the statue of Jesus, having fallen from the cross and been placed in his coffin, is carried along in a procession to the Church of the Misericordia.

 

Immersed in the silence of the streets of the historical centre, interrupted only by the litanies of the women and by the singing in Sardinian and Catalan, it is difficult not to be enraptured by the intense evocativeness of this tradition, which year after year involves the entire city.