One of the temples which, despite not being in a predominantly tourist area, is a must visit in Seville is the Basilica of the Macarena, even more so during Easter.
It is located in La Macarena neighbourhood, next to the walls and the Puerta de la Macarena. Its exterior does not say much, its steeple like a triumphal arch, is neo-baroque style and was built between 1936 and 1941 by the architect Gómez Millán. It has a single nave with four side chapels. It was proclaimed a minor basilica by Pope Paul VI in 1966, and is see to the royal, illustrious and fervent brotherhood and confraternity of Nazarenes home to the sculptures of: Nuestra Señora del Santo Rosario (Our Lady of the Holy Rosary), Nuestro Padre Jesús de la Sentencia (Our Father Jesus of judgment) and the María Santísima de la Esperanza Macarena Coronada (Crowned Blessed Virgin Mary of La Esperanza Macarena), popularly known as the "fellowship of La Esperanza Macarena."
The importance of this church is on the inside, for its sculptures, especially the Blessed Virgin Mary of La Esperanza Macarena (seventeenth century), so venerated by all from Seville, which presides on the main altar.
The sculpture is not very big but beautiful and dressed with a crown of gold, she has glass eyes, five tears on her cheeks, and an expression as if she were smiling, wanting to convey hope with her gesture, despite the pain.
You can access the Camarín (shrine or chapel set above and behind the High altar in a church) behind the Virgin, and kiss the robe. La Macarena was canonically crowned in 1964, and received the gold medal of the city in 1971.
Other important sculptures in the basilica are: Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (Virgin Mary with the baby Jesus in her arms) and Our Father Jesus of judgment (Christ with a crown of thorns, from the seventeenth century).
In addition, the dome of the church is decorated with frescoes and wall paintings that depict scenes of Mary (mother of Jesus), the mysteries of the rosary and the three theological and four cardinal virtues. In one of the chapels are the tombs of Queipo and his wife, who contributed to the construction of the basilica, and returned the crown of the Virgin Mary, that had been given to the army as a donation.
Next to the Camarín is a door that leads to a small museum (3 € entrance) of the fellowship, where you can see different costumes and robes of La Virgin Macarena.
Next to the basilica access door, there is a store that sells all kinds of souvenirs and estampita (small religious picture) of this virgin.