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The Easter Festivals in Spain are always emotionally moving and visually fascinating but when you add to it the setting of one of the most beautiful cities in Europe then these events are truly spectacular. From March 24, 2013 to March 31, 2013 Salamanca celebrates with a series of events that include The Maundy Thursday services in the University and the taking down of Christ from the cross. 
Easter week in the University city Salamanca is an amazing spectacle with beautiful processions through the charismatic historic city centre. The University square, the Casa de las Conchas (House of the Shells), and the Arrabal and Clerecía churches are all featured. There are many events during Easter week including the old university church services which are very special indeed;  a mixture of the liturgical and the academic, with all the university professors in attendance. They are held on Maundy Thursday and are an extraordinary assembly, where the professors dress in all their academic finery. At the end, those in attendance receive the traditional chocolate and sweets.



Easter week is special to all the Spanish people but in Salamanca it is one of the most spectacular and emotional fiestas in the country. Religious devotion, art, colour and music combine in acts to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ: the processions. Members of the different Easter brotherhoods, dressed in their characteristic robes, parade through the streets carrying religious statues (pasos) to the sound of drums and music – scenes of sober beauty.


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