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A nun chats with a woman in the Andalusian capital of Seville...A nun (C) chats with a woman in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain August 7, 2013. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo (SPAIN - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

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A nun chats with a woman in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain 

Pilgrims of the Chipiona and the Sanlucar de Barrameda hermandades walk the Playa de Vajo de Guia to board a vessel to cross the Guadalquivir river during their journey to the small town of El Rocio on May 15, 2013 in Sanlucar De Barrameda, Spain. The Romeria del Rocio procession brings together roughly a million pilgrims each year making their way for as long as seven days from throughout Andalusia by foot, on horsebacks and horse drawn carriages, to the doors of the Hermitage of El Rocio. On Sunday night, after reciting the Holy Rosary at candlelight, and the passing of all the simpecados in front of the chapel, with the one from the brotherhood of Matriz de Almonte as the last one, el salto de la reja begins, the jumping of the fence surrounding the Hermitage after which the Virgin of El Rocio is carried out onto the sandy streets of the small town for the 'Blanca Paloma' procession. Then, the long camino home begins. Dating back from 1653, it was in 1758, when the Virgin of Las Rocinas became known as the Virgin of El Rocio, that the pilgrimage started to take place in the weekend of the Sunday of Pentecost, 50 days after Easter Sunday.

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Pilgrims of the Chipiona and the Sanlucar de Barrameda hermandades walk the Playa de Vajo de Guia to board a vessel to cross the Guadalquivir river during their journey to the small town of El Rocio in Sanlucar De Barrameda, Spain. The Romeria del Rocio procession brings together roughly a million pilgrims each year making their way for as long as seven days from throughout Andalusia by foot, on horseback and horse drawn carriages, to the doors of the Hermitage of El Rocio. Dating back from 1653, it was in 1758, when the Virgin of Las Rocinas became known as the Virgin of El Rocio, that the pilgrimage started to take place in the weekend of the Sunday of Pentecost, 50 days after Easter Sunday.