Routes Route of the pasos

The ”pasos” (a type of religious parade where “pasos” translates to “steps”) are typical of the most traditional Portuguese Easter. La Hermandad de las Llagas (The Brotherhood of Wounds), in Portugal, used to build five chapels on the façades of some streets, alluding to some “pasos” of the Vía Sacra. The origin of these altars is found in the procession of “Los Pasos”, in which the patron saint of Olivenza, El Señor de los Pasos (Lord of the Steps), walked them in procession on Passover Sunday, also called Passion Sunday (V of Lent; the previous to Palm Sunday). The reason behind the construction of five steps is due to the number of wounds from the Passion of Christ.

Most of them have the same characteristics: whitewashed façade topped by a curved pediment divided by “S” at the ends and a cross at its center. Today they have been renovated by replacing their old wooden doors with glazed lattice-work that reveal their interior, placing panels of tiled history that recall images of the Passion of Christ. They stand out slightly from the walls of the façades of the houses, although in this case they were built with the same simple materials and whitewashed. The most striking (three of the five) reproduce neoclassical forms around a high doorway, topped by a semicircular arch and framed in false pilasters that simulate supporting an entablature of different cornices on which lateral acroteras stand out, and in the center a pediment with the cross. The originals also kept a very simple interior, without decoration. The other two are smaller and do not protrude from their façades (these are those of the Santa María del Castillo Church and that of Avenida Ramón y Cajal).

This route begins with the “paso” that is closest to the Tourist Office, and ends with the one that is in an area close to restaurants and leisure or cultural places. In this way, the different attractions of Olivenza (its churches, museums, etc.) can also be visited.

In this way, the proposed route with a duration of about 30 minutes would be as follows:

Route of the pasos

  1. Paso of Santa Lucía (Santa Lucía Street)
  2. Paso of the Carrera (Avenida Ramón y Cajal)
  3. Paso of Santa María (Main façade of Santa María del Castillo)
  4. Santo Domingo de Guzmán Church
  5. Paso of Caridad Street (Caridad Street)
  6. Paso of the Avenida de Portugal (Avenida de Portugal)