Ferrol - Urban History
Franco Period
Religious procession with seamen taking part (c. 1950)

The Catholic Church had risen up against the laicism of the Second Republic, refusing to accept the restrictions imposed on religious teaching and public religious events. It would then become an enthusiastic and supportive collaborator of the military revolt, which it would refer to as a 'Crusade'. After the war, the Church offered the dictatorship all of its doctrinal abilities from the pulpit and in schools. The missions that preached in villages, annual Easter and Corpus Christi processions, and pilgrimages to sanctuaries also offered the perfect opportunity for developing commemorative rituals. In the photograph, a procession including seamen winds through the streets of La Magdalena.

Ferrol City Council, Postcard collection