Homage To El Misteri d'Elx - La Vespra
Every Year, the Elche Festival (Misterii is a mystery play that is celebrated by the townspeople of Elche (or Elx, located in Valencia, in Southeastern Spain) to mark the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The play, set in two acts, La Vespra and La Festa, takes place over two days and is remarkable in that its origin goes back to medieval times. It is staged once a year at the Basilica of Santa Maria de Elche on the l4th and 15th of August. Of major artistic and historical importance, the Mystery re-enact the death, assumption and crowning of the Virgin Mary. It is the only work of its kind that has been performed virtually without interruption from the Middle Ages to the present day. It is the main festival of the city of EIche and a key work of European religious theatre of the Middle Ages. In 1931, the Spanish State declared the Festival of Elche was a national monument, and in 2001, it was included in UNESCO's list of the "Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity."
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