Good Friday Procession In Gubbio

Yesterday it was Good Friday and I decided to go to the town of Gubbio in Umbria for the evening procession. I had heard that it was quite spectacular and bonfires were lit in the streets.

Cross bearer on the Good Friday procession, Gubbio, Umbria

I arrived at around 8.30pm only to find that the procession had already set off around the town, a burning brazier in the centre of a piazza marked the spot where they had set off from.

Brazier  In Gubbio On Friday

However, all was not lost, I was in a great position to photograph the robed figures at the head of the procession as they returned down via Consoli.

Good Friday procession in Gubbio, Umbria

Good Friday procession in Gubbio, Umbria

The robed figures’ effect was quite spooky, one was even carrying a skull, presumably that of of a dead saint, although they must have been dressing up like this for centuries in Gubbio, I couldn’t help thinking of the Ku Klux Klan.

Robed figure carrying a skull in Gubbio, Umbria

Robed figure carrying a skull in Gubbio, Umbria

Once the procession had passed I joined the final stage towards the church at the bottom of the hill.

An effigy of the body of Christ, Gubbio, Umbria

An effigy of the body of Christ, Gubbio, Umbria

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