Holy Wednesday in Granada - Cofradías and Processions
At 18:45 the first cofradía of the day arrives at the Tribuna Oficial in Calle Ganivet: the 'Santísimo Cristo del
Consuelo y María Santísima del Sacromonte', known as "Los Gitanos" (the gypsies).
This is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking processions of the Holy Week in Granada.
Undoubtley, one of the best places to see it: on its way back to the Sacromonte Abbey on top of the Sacromonte, where the gypsies receive the icons with bonfires and saetas (prayers sung in flamenco style without instruments). However, this takes place almost at dawn and it's a long way from the city center.
The University of Granada has its own cofradía, whose icons are those of 'Nuestro Señor de la Meditación and María Santísima de los Remedios'.
Their procession leaves the university chapel (the parish church of the Santos Justo y Pastor) at 17:00.
The participating students and professors wear their penitential robes, and a number of them (up to 30) take part as costaleros, who are hidden from view as they bear the huge weight of the trono's structure, which shrouds them.
Holy Wednesday is a big day at the Realejo: three processions parade from their churches.
At 19:20, the costaleros of 'Nuestro Padre Jesús de la Paciencia and María Santísima de las Penas' struggle to pass through the narrow doors of the church of San Matías and down the steps that lead to the street of San Matías. This is the best vantage point.
And at 19:00, the crowds wait in the square by Santo Domingo church to see the popular procession of the 'Virgen del Rosario y Nuestro Padre Jesús de las Tres Caídas'. The same crowds gather again long after midnight to accompany the cofradía on their return.
You will see the purple nazarenos of the cofradía of 'Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno and
María Santísima de la Merced' arriving at around 21:10 to Plaza de Santo Domingo from the Monastery
of the Carmelitas Descalzas.