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The Festival Book for San Fernando

Meadows Museum, Dallas

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Celebrating Sainthood in Baroque Seville

Over the course of five days in May 1671, the city of Seville threw what is widely considered to be the most extravagant religious festival ever held in Baroque Spain, transforming the cathedral and city streets with ephemeral architecture. These events celebrated the extension of the cult of King Ferdinand III of Castile, or San Fernando (r. 1217-1252), one of the city’s most iconic figures and a hero of the medieval Reconquista thanks to his capture of large expanses of Andalusian territories then in Muslim hands. Read more.

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