How to get to? Where to leave a car? What is the place? The answers and another important information you can find here.
Passion of Christ is staged in the Fordon Valley of Death situated on the border of Chełmno Landscape Park and Vistula Landscape Park. This naturally shaped terrain is perfect for watching and listening to the Passion from each angle and it guarantees very good reception.
• In order to get to the very place, you need to walk half a kilometre. Please see the best ways on the map below. You will find there also car parks for cars and coaches.
• We provide delicious cakes and hot tea and coffee. These goodies are made by confectioners from Bydgoszcz. Your donation will be appreciated.
• We sell our own souvenirs that will help you recall this event. We sell them next to points with cake, tea and coffee.
• We encourage all organised groups and people coming from the far and from wide to mark their presence. On the grounds, next to director’s office, you can sign up for the event (look for sign: SEKRETARIAT (office)).
• Please note that it is impossible to get to the stage by automobiles. There is, however, one exception to this rule. Namely, after prior notification the disabled can receive a temporary pass to enter the grounds by car.
• We kindly ask you to respet the character of Passion and the place where it is staged. Please switch off your phones before and keep silence during the spectacle. This show is for many of us an intense experience and time for reflection and prayer. It is forbiden to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes and walk dogs.
The history of Passion of Christ spectacle, taking place in the Fordon Valley of Death in Bydgoszcz, dates back to 2001, when it was staged for the first time. It was then when this beautiful tradition began and has been continued by constantly growing team of people. The main motivation for organizers is the wish to bring back the deserved honour and memory to the place of homicide of over 1200 citizens. Organizers take care to make everyone — all people engaged in preparations, as well as, all spectators — aware of the tragedy that took place here during the World War II.
The Passion spectacle in Fordon is a unique endeavour. Every year, there is a new, original script written. From the very first Passion, the creators wish to present the events that took place over 2000 years ago in an understandable way that is familiar to the audience. Biblical events intertwine with stories that serve for a comment on contemporary situations and at the same time touch the problems of people living in the 20th and 21st century.
Passion of Christ is always staged on the Palm Sunday. There are more or less 100 actors and extras acting and 200 back stage people responsible for sound, costumes, food etc.
Audience expands every year. There are people coming not only form the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship but also from other parts of Poland (Pelplin, Rzeszow, Wroclaw, Warsaw, Cracow). In 2001, 400 people came to see the first Passion while in 2012, the audience counted almost 20 000 spectators.
One of the most picturesque places in Fordon is the Valley of Death. It is also a place that invokes the most painful memories. It is impossible to stroll through charming alleys and not to spare a thought about the people who in the autumn of 1939 tragically lost here their lives. This space is dedicated to victims of Nazis who in the first weeks of World War II murdered here teachers, professors, doctors and many other intellectuals. You will find here long rows of graves covered with moss and sunken to the ground… In this place, in 1975, citizens erected a memorial based on Józef Makowski’s project. Its aim is to make people remember of the unique, sacral character of this place. Hundreds of tomb stones with names of the murdered will not let us forget about the people whose warm autumn evenings of 1939 were suddenly interrupted with a shot on the back of the head.
The Valley of Death is not only a necropolis, but also a martyrological area. After the visit of the Holy Father John Paul II to Bydgoszcz in 1999, in response to his call to honour the memory of the martyrs of our times, it was decided that the Valley of Death should include a Way of the Cross going by the name of “Golgotha of the 20th Century”. Unofficial talks on this topic were already taking place with Prelate Zygmunt Trybowski. Consecutive stations were erected between 2004 and 2009.
Natural landform of the Valley is perfect for organising here penitential services and ventures in the open air of Passion character. Passion of Christ is the most famous service of all. It attracts attention of thousands of believers not only from the city but also from the region and the whole country. It is presented every year on the Palm Sunday in two openings.
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