The Misteri d'Elx, living testimony of medieval religious drama

Publishing date 29/07/2016

The drama, which recreates the death, assumption and coronation of the Virgin Mary was proclaimed Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
The Misteri d'Elx, living testimony of medieval religious drama

On July 18th canvas depicting the sky Misteri d'Elx was installed. With 1,000 kilograms in weight and 14 meters in diameter, the sky and can be seen at the top of the dome of the Basilica of Santa Maria de Elche. This means that there are just a few days left for the celebration of this sacred lyrical drama of medieval origin, which recreates the death, assumption and coronation of the Virgin Mary and in 2001 was proclaimed Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

La Festa, as it is also known this celebration, is one of the greatest cultural treasures of the Valencian people. It is protected by several laws safeguarding cultural heritage, as this drama has been performed without interruption since mid-fifteenth century. We speak of an extraordinary event, a living testimony and palpable religious theater of medieval Europe, an immaterial archaeological site that brings us back to the past. If you have the opportunity, do not miss this unique event.

The work commemorates the feast of Our Lady of the Assumption. On the 14th is staged the first part, known as the Vespra. The second act, the Festa, takes place on the 15th; during these two days there are songs in Valencian and Latin through the following scenes: the death of Mary, the nocturnal procession (which brings together hundreds of participants with candles) the procession in the morning, the afternoon funeral procession through the streets of the old part of Elche, the staging of the funeral, assumption and coronation in the Basilica. In addition, on 11th, 12th and 13th of August, rehearsals are held with the following staging of both events.

Web: La Festa

Other details: Elx/Elche

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