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The famous Passion Play
In the summer of 2000, Oberammergau staged its famous Passion Play, which is performed only 1 year out of 10. Surely the world's longest-running show, it began in 1634 when the town's citizens took a vow to give dramatic thanks after they were spared from the devastating plague of 1633.
The town is packed to the gills all summer for this major event. Attracting pilgrims (and tourists) from around the world, the Passion Play depicts the "suffering, death, and rebirth of Jesus Christ." In many ways, it's an authentic recreation of a medieval morality play. Though the theater and production methods are contemporary, the spirit of the play is highly traditional. The whole production is community-based. Locals do all the acting--the competition for the roles of Jesus and Mary can be fierce. Performances last all day, with a break for lunch. Viewing the production can alternate between tedious and highly dramatic--but in most cases, it's fascinating. Where else would you get to witness such a pocket of medievalism in the modern world?
The Passion Play stage won't be empty and un-used until 2010 though. There is opera! After the great success of the opera performances in the Passion Play theater in 2002 and 2003 this musical experience will be continued in 2004. In addition to Giuseppe Verdi´s Nabucco there will also be "Aida" on the schedule.
"Aida": July 9th and 10th and on September 3rd and 4th 2004 and
"Nabucco": August 6th and 7th 2004.
You can book opera tickets online here:
Picturesque alpine village
Picturesque alpine village, known the world over because of the Passion Play which takes place there every ten years. Also famous for its "Herrgottschnitzer" (woodcarvers specializing in religious figures).
Until the middle of the 16th century, Oberammergau was an important transit point on the trade road from Augsburg via Mittenwald to Venice.
Passion Play - First presented in 1634, the Play is performed once every 10 years. The next performance will take place in 2010.
Journal: Donna & Sandy in Oberammergau
PREVIOUS STOP: MUNICH
The drive from Munich was so nice. It had been a long time since I had driven – and we don’t have roads like that in India! What was unbelievable was that I was driving 120, 130, 140 kph and cars were flying by us like we were standing still.
Anyway the views were wonderful – lots of green grass, mountains, cute houses, and cows. It took less then an hour before we arrived in the Bavarian town of Oberammergau.
Originally world famous for being the village of woodcarvers it later became known for hosting the Passion Play. The play is about the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ that is performed every ten years (next in 2010).
Many of the buildings in the town had paintings or woodcarvings on them. We stopped for lunch (soup and German hot dogs) at a café.
After lunch we stopped in the church of Saints Peter and Paul that from the outside was very plain looking but inside was just a gem. Outside of the church was a cemetery with some rather elaborate grave markers – crosses, statues, etc.
NEXT STOP: HOHENSCHWANGAU
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