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Las Fallas: Valencia's spectacular festival of fire

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Valencia celebrated the finale of its annual Las Fallas festival this weekend.

This weekend saw the culmination of Las Fallas, a week-long celebration in Valencia held every year to honor Saint Joseph, the patron saint of the carpenter's guild.

GALLERY: Valencia's spectacular festival of fire

The festival is marked with the construction of hundreds of giant wooden, cardboard, or papier-mâché sculptures, known as ninots.

These figurines are often satirical in nature and send up the politicians of the day.

This year, figures included Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and even Pope Francis made an appearance as a giant papier-mâché figure. 

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A cardboard version of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy goes up in flames. Photo: AFP

GALLERY: Valencia's spectacular festival of fire

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