The building was constructed in 1965, based on the project of the architects Alberto Balbontín de Orta and Antonio Delgado Roig and its construction was inspired by the Roman Pantheon of Agripa. Nearby the Parish of San Lorenzo (XIII century) is located, of Gothic – Mudejar style, which was reformed in the XVI century. The Basilica is located on San Lorenzo Square in the old town of Seville. In 1992 the Pope Juan Pablo II declared the temple a minor Basilica, being the second one in Seville to have this dignity, after the Basilica of The Macarena.

During the Arab occupation the square of St Lawrence was a courtyard of ablutions of a previous mosque (of which the ancient Arab minaret remains) and it was here that the already renowned Parish of San Lorenzo was built.

Inside the Basilica the image of Our Father Jesus del Gran Poder is worshipped (with the cross on his shoulder), carved by Juan de Mesa in 1620 and which goes out in procession at dawn on Holy Friday. The images of San Juan Evangelista and the Virgin del Mayor Dolor y Traspaso are also worshipped here. The rest of the year the parts of the “pasos”, are on exhibit in a museum near the Basilica.

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