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184 Main Collins Street West Victoria 807

San Francisco Church


Address: C/ San Francisco s/n

Phone: 954 14 07 46



Located next to the ruins of the old convent of San Sebastian, this chapel was commonly known as the “chapel of the shepherds”, perhaps because it was located close to an area that was once a route for livestock to Seville.

The chapel was built by Alonso Cansino in 1476, and later became part of the patrimony of Antonio Lasso Santillan; in 1968, Cardinal Bueno Monreal donated it to the Brotherhood of the Quinta Angustia. It was then that  reconstruction work on the chapel began, finally reopening for worship on Ash Wednesday, 1971.

Points of interest

The walls and the Baroque façade, although very old, are quite well restored. The belfry and the lowered vault of the nave are recent.

Inside, note the neoclassical high altar with elements that were brought from the Sacramental Chapel of the Church of El Salvador.

Since 2007, the remains of Antonio Eslava Rubio, a sculptor from Carmona, have been kept in this chapel, the headquarters of the Brotherhood, together with one of his most beloved works, the “Descent of Christ”.


The “Ancient, Illustrious and Venerable Lateran Brotherhood, Pontifical and Seraphic Brotherhood of the Nazarenes of Our Lady and Mother of Sorrows, the Sacred Descent, Mary Most Holy of the Angels and Our Father Jesus Captive of Bethlehem”, better known as the Brotherhood of the Descent of Christ”, established in 1607.

Santísimo Cristo del Descendimiento, San Juan, los dos Santos Varones José de Arimatea y Nicodemus, María Salomé y María Cleofás. 1943, by  Antonio Eslava Rubio.      

Nuestra Señora y Madre de las Angustias.

1963, by  Antonio Castillo Lastrucci.

It holds its procession on Holy Wednesday.

Throughout the procession, the restrained spiritual atmosphere and the beauty of the whole procession with its great number of emblems is noteworthy. It´s worth seeing the part where the procession reaches the Gate of Seville fortress, as it is especially difficult for the floats to go under the arches there. In addition, when the procession returns through the streets of its home neighbourhood of San Francisco is also attractive. In the procession we can see the Lignum Crucis relic (pieces of the wood said to have been taken from the  cross  on which Jesus died), carried by a penitent in an embossed and engraved silver reliquary. The penitents that go before the float of Christ wear black robes and hoods, a wide esparto cincture and black shoes. The penitents who go before the float of the Virgin wear white robes and purple velvet hoods, esparto cinctures and black shoes, while the penitents located at each corner of the floats wear purple robes and hoods, a golden and purple cinctures with the cross of Saint John Lateran embroidered on their chest,  and black shoes with clasps. 39 costeleros carry the float of Christ and 36 carry the float of the Virgin.

Website: http://www.quintaangustia.org

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