Five nativity scenes that you can not miss
The nativity scenes, careful representations of the birth of Jesus Christ, are one of the symbols of this era. Many people devote part of their winter vacations to touring places that stand out for their Christmas spirit. Are you thinking of Spain for your family holidays on winter? Then this may be interesting for you:
Buitrago de Lozoya (Madrid)
In Buitrago de Lozoya (Community of Madrid) you can find one of the most peculiar nativity scenes in the world. Almost two hundred actors participate in several biblical scenes related to Christmas. Shepherds, fishermen, potters and lumberjacks, in addition to the protagonists of the birth of Jesus Christ and animals of all kinds, participate in this activity that began back on 1988.
Jerez de los Caballeros (Badajoz)
The nativity scene of Jerez de los Caballeros, in Badajoz, is the largest in all Europe. It has more than 7,000 pieces and occupies approximately 500 square meters. In it you can see all kinds of biblical scenes that take place in Nazareth, Bethlehem and Egypt. Completely handmade, it enriches hundreds of children … and adults every year.
Belén mudéjar de Sevilla
Another nativity scene that you should not miss is the one in Seville, which shows what the city was like during the Mudejar era. Several emblematic buildings are recreated, such as the church of Santa Catalina and the palace of the Marquises of La Algaba. Also various groups of choral singing accompany the visitor with Christmas carols.
It is not the largest but its 297 figures are possibly the most famous in Spain. It is the Francisco Salzillo nativity scene, which is located at the Palacio de Cibeles in Madrid. Declared a National Cultural Heritage and considered the most important of Spanish Baroque art, it takes the visitor to the birth of Christ through various scenes of local customs.
Rute (Córdoba) and the sweetest one
In Rute (Córdoba) they can not hide their love for candy. In this small Andalusian town they spend four months building a nativity scene with more than a ton of black and white chocolate, as well as marzipan. It is a great representation of the birth of Jesus, which has 170 figures and occupies more than 60 square meters. Could you resist not to break the nativity scene?