Photographs of Corpus Christi in Toledo
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Photographs of Corpus Christi in Toledo

The photographer O. Utri11a has lent us to show exclusively on our website a series of photographs of Corpus Christi in Toledo taken in recent years. Come in and enjoy them.

Streets adorned in Toledo by Corpus Christi

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Corpus Christi Toledo, by O. Utri11a

The processional route of Corpus Christi in Toledo is decorated with awnings on the days before and on the eve of the feast day with thousands of flowers in various ornaments, lanterns, tapestries on the balconies… The entire city is visited gala.

2. Corpus awnings

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Corpus Christi Toledo, by O. Utri11a

Tradition has it that once the awnings are installed, they cover the route through which the Custody procession (they are not in all the streets of the city) have to ” get wet” with some spring storm.

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3. The smell of thyme in the streets

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Corpus Christi Toledo, by O. Utri11a

Early in the morning, municipal staff distribute hundreds of kilos of thyme along the processional route. Perhaps one of the few things hard to forget for those attending the procession is the intense smell of thyme and incense throughout the streets. Flowers and plants are a very important ornamental element during Corpus Christi. Thousands of flowers adorn the entire route and dozens of flowerpots, bouquets and rose petals are also part of the procession.

4. Gigantones and the Tarasca

Photographs of Corpus Christi in Toledo

Corpus Christi Toledo, by O. Utri11a

On the eve of Corpus Christi (this year 2018 would be the 30th of May), in the evening, a procession formed by authorities and representatives inaugurates the processional route accompanied previously by a parade with the famous gigantones and the Tarasca. Learn about its history and legends here.

5. The Corpus Christi procession in Toledo

Photographs of Corpus Christi in Toledo

Corpus Christi Toledo, by O. Utri11a

The procession is the high point of the Corpus Christi. Not only because of the marvel of jewel that crosses the streets of Toledo under awnings, the Custody, but also because of the many Toledans and people from all over who crowd the streets and many of them participate in their best clothes: brotherhoods, chapters, the University, orders…

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6. The Jewel of Toledo: The Custody

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Corpus Christi Toledo, by O. Utri11a

Enrique de Arfe made the magnificent jewel that the Corpus illuminates the streets of Toledo.Two and a half metres high and more than 200 kilos of gilded silver on a carriage from the 18th century which, by means of a special mechanism, always keeps it vertical, despite the unevenness of the streets. Learn more about the Custody of Toledo Cathedral here.

7. Military parade after the procession

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Corpus Christi Toledo, by O. Utri11a

After the procession, the cadets of the Toledo Infantry Academy parade through the streets, from the Alcázar slope to the Puerta de Bisagra, in a route very much applauded by the Toledo people. Here you can read a testimony of one of the cadets who paraded in the procession.

8. At the end of everything…

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