The word Paso (re-enactment) is almost magical in Riogordo, a typical Andalusian village located 35 kilometres away from Málaga, in the Axarquía region. It has become one of the best re-enactments in Europe according to the most reputable media, and it is considered to be unparalleled.
Origins of El Paso de Riogordo
The origins of El Paso de Riogordo date back to the 16th Century when a blind troubadour sang fragments of the Passion in the door of a church. These songs were then compiled and written, leading to the publication of the El Paso guide book.
The re-enactment takes place in a natural setting of 10,000 m², a rocky mountain similar to the Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified. This setting provides perfect view and hearing from several different spots.
The Calvary is a vast esplanade which takes the audience back in time to the period in question. Another of the characteristics of this religious act, which gives it an air of incredible professionalism, is the seriousness and quality of the performance given by all of the actors.
Re-enactment by the village locals
More than 500 amateur actors from the village participate in the most unique and well-known religious act in Spain, and without the team effort of the whole village, "El Paso" would not be possible.
The re-enactment has been taking place on Good Friday and Holy Saturday since 1951. Around 20,000 people are captivated by the re-enactment every Holy Week, many of them foreign.