Spain 2019. Minorca, Mahon. Horses and Giants at "Festes de la Mare de Déu de Gràcia"

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Spain. Balearic Islands. Minorca (Menorca). Mahon. City Hall. A young boy stands close to a Giant statue which is used for a parade during the "Festes de la Mare de Déu de Gràcia", a traditional summer festival. On the side, a white marble statue on a column represents Saint Sebastian (c. AD 256 – 288) who was an early Christian saint and martyr. According to traditional belief, he was killed during the Roman emperor Diocletian's persecution of Christians, initially being tied to a post or tree and shot with arrows, though this did not kill him. He is venerated in the Roman Catholic Church. Maó (in Catalan) and Mahón (in Spanish), written in English as Mahon, is a municipality, the capital city of the island of Menorca, and seat of the Island Council of Menorca. The city is located on the eastern coast of the island, which is part of the autonomous community of the Balearic. In Spain, an autonomous community is a first-level political and administrative division, created in accordance with the Spanish constitution of 1978, with the aim of guaranteeing limited autonomy of the nationalities and regions that make up Spain. 7.09.2019 © 2019 Didier Ruef