This is the museum of Villamanrique de la Condesa’s Confraternity of El Rocío. The exhibits highlight the age-old relationship of this Sevillian town with the El Rocío pilgrimage. Much of the Confraternity’s rich historical-artistic heritage is on display in the centre, including the oldest ‘Simpecado’ from the 16th century and the carts used during the pilgrimage (the old wooden one and the current silver cart).
There are also testimonies of the relationship of the Confraternity of Villamanrique with the Spanish Royal Family, the Imperial House of Brazil and its Affiliate Confraternities. There is also space to build a replica of the “Cuarto del Hermano Mayor”, where the “Simpecado” is always on display year-round, or where the Head of the Confraternity pays tribute to drummers of Villamanrique de la Condesa or the embroiderers of the famous Manila shawls.
The construction of the “Camino del Rocio” Ethnographic Centre was supported by the Doñana Sustainable Tourism Initiative (ITS), with funds from the Andalusian Regional Ministry of Tourism. The Aljarafe-Doñana Rural Development Group funded and equipped the final phase of the initiative through the LiderA Programme (financed by the Regional Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the EU EARFD Programme).