Triana Quarters Seville - The District of Triana in Seville in southern Spain
Triana is much more than just another quarter in the city of Seville. Triana has a unique identity composed of corrales de vecinos (originally, traditional courtyards surrounded by modest apartments), history and legends, plus the streets San Jacinto, Pureza and Castilla, the Plaza del Altozano, the Isabel II Bridge, more commonly known as the "Triana Bridge", and the Calle Betis, which runs parallel to the River Guadalquivir and offers a stunning view of the city of Seville.
The most outstanding features of the Triana district include the old Baroque church of San Jacinto; the House of Columns; the Seafarers' Chapel where "Seville's other famous Virgin Mary", the Esperanza de Triana, is venerated, competing with the Virgen de la Macarena for the religious fervour and affection of the Sevillanos; the Church of Santa Ana, more popularly known as the "Cathedral of Triana", which displays a transitional style between the Romanesque and the Gothic, and was commissioned by Alfonso X el Sabio (Alfonso the Wise) as thanks for having been cured of an eye infection; the Callejón de la Inquisición, which leads to the site where the dreaded Castle of Triana stood, the seat of the Court of the Spanish Inquisition in Seville; the parish church of La O and the Chapel of El Patrocinio, where the Sevillanos worship Christ of the Expiration, or "El Cachorro" as this splendid, legendary Baroque image is popularly known.
The Triana district's typical product and handicraft is pottery, now world-famous. In fact, the brand "Hecho en Triana" ("Made in Triana") has been created to promote and protect the handicrafts produced in the district. Triana is also the cradle of various art forms and artists and of bullfighters and flamenco performers in particular. The district oozes alegría and a festive spirit, particularly during the traditional "Velá de Santiago y Santa Ana", a nocturnal celebration of the feast days of the two saints, held annually in July. For the occasion, the Calle Betis is adorned with garlands and festoons, and the River Guadalquivir takes centre stage for the traditional "cucaña", a competition in which young men try to keep their balance while walking along a slippery pole nailed to a barge to reach the prize at the edge.
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