Passion of Christ to attract thousands in Riogordo

PASSION PLAY: Amateur actors take part in the Passion play.

RIOGORDO and Cajiz will enact the Passion of Christ on Friday and Saturday.

This year 550 inhabitants of Riogordo will play the parts of the principal characters in one of the most famous events of the Axarquia.

Declared as a Fiesta of National and Andalucian Tourist Interest, this event is well known throughout Europe and is always well attended, with thousands of spectators sitting on the hillsides to watch as the story unfolds in 14 open air scenes representing Jerusalem.

The Paso de Riogordo attracts visitors from all over the world to see the life, passion and death of Jesus Christ portrayed by amateur actors.

There will be 450 participants in the play in Cajiz in the municipality of Velez-Malaga, based on texts from the 16th and 17th centuries.

The play will be held in the local football ground, and expects to receive around 4,500 visitors. This version has 36 scenes taken from both the Old and the New Testaments.

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