Another interesting place to visit is the Ayamonte’s Association for Brotherhoods which was founded in 1941. The museum is on Calle Jovellanos right beside the Mercedes Temple. It occupies the whole of the top floor and is accessed by marble stairs from the interior patio.
The building dates back to 1640 and was built by Diego Pérez Mestre and has had many different uses from convent to maritime school and it wasn’t until 2002 that it was handed over to the Ayamonte’s Association for Brotherhoods by the Town Hall. A year later the museum of over 500 square metres was opened to the public.
Inside the museum there is a corridor which goes around the whole of the patio, the walls are lined with the posters of all the Easter processions going back to the early 1940’s.
If you know nothing about the style of clothing that is worn by the people who take part in the processions, you are in for a surprise. The clothing is similar to what the Klu Klux Klan wore and the mannequins which are spread around the corridor can be quiet intimidating because of the eyes staring out at you from behind the cone shaped hood.
The museum has exhibitions from time to time and has thrown up many pleasant surprises over the various occasions I have visited. The most memorable being an exhibition of Semana Santa where the thrones that are carried around the town during Semana Santa were all made in miniature.
This Sala de Juntas located at the end of the corridor is where the heads of all the brotherhoods meet and where the original painting of the Semana Santa are hung. A little over 75 square metres with a large rectangular table in the centre, the walls are covered in paintings, shields, and medals.