Share the Passion, Easter Week in Málaga

Dating from the 17th century, each of the exquisitely carved religious statues is a work of art in its own right. © Jorge Morales

Share the Passion, Easter Week in Málaga

In time-honoured Andalusian tradition, there's also always time to enjoy the mortal pleasures of good company, food and wine... © Jorge Morales

Share the Passion, Easter Week in Málaga

... and there's always time to share a friendly joke. © Jorge Morales

Share the Passion, Easter Week in Málaga

The heady scent of burning candles, incense, jasmine and orange blossom drift on the evening air. © Jorge Morales

Share the Passion, Easter Week in Málaga

An entire city comes together to experience an age-old spectacle that remains as solemn and joyous as ever. © Jorge Morales

Share the Passion, Easter Week in Málaga

Mounted on majestic flower-strewn 'thrones', the jewel-encrusted images of the Virgin Mary are so heavy it takes as many as 200 'costaleros' to carry them shoulder-high around the narrow cobbled streets of Málaga's historic Old Town. © Jorge Morales

Share the Passion, Easter Week in Málaga

The Spanish Legion also take part, traditionally sailing into Málaga with their own revered statue of Christ. © Jorge Morales

Share the Passion, Easter Week in Málaga

Solemn marching bands, typically featuring musicians with drums and trumpets, have been rehearsing for weeks on end. © Jorge Morales

Share the Passion, Easter Week in Málaga

The dramatic processions take place every evening from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday... © Jorge Morales

Share the Passion, Easter Week in Málaga

... with the poignant candlelit Virgin of the Sorrows cavalcade weaving its evocative way around the city in the early hours of Good Friday. © Jorge Morales

Share the Passion, Easter Week in Málaga

Despite first appearances, there's nothing sinister about the pointy hats... © Jorge Morales

Share the Passion, Easter Week in Málaga

... known as 'capirotes', and much later adopted by the KKK... © Jorge Morales

Share the Passion, Easter Week in Málaga

... the cone-shaped headgear serves two totally benign purposes... © Jorge Morales

Share the Passion, Easter Week in Málaga

... providing anonymity, while symbolically bringing the wearer closer to heaven. © Jorge Morales