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This is the very bottom of the steps in Carrer del Calvari, a narrow street of 365 steps that lead up to the chapel on top of the hill in Pollena called "El Calvari" or Calvary. But this little girl who was with her family at a nearby caf in the town square didn't venture any farther up these steps!

Apart from being a favourite tourist attraction and a fine climb up to the top (where you can stop for an ice cream or a drink and enjoy the views), this place also has strong religious meaning and the 365 steps, one for each day of the year, are flanked by cypress trees and fourteen three-metre-high crosses, evoking the ordeal that, according to Christian tradition, Jesus Christ suffered on the way to his crucifixion.

In memory of this event, on Good Friday the Calvario steps are the setting for the so-called 'Davallament' (Removal from the Cross), one of the most important events of Mallorca's Easter Week celebrations, where an carving of Christ is removed from the cross and solemnly paraded down the steps to the Church of Virgen de los ngeles (patron saint of Pollena). The entire ritual is performed in complete silence and lit only by the torches carried by members of the different brotherhoods.

ISO 125, 1/800 sec at f/7.1, focal length 70mm.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1985 W: 427 N: 7659] (30513)
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