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The story behind the Vatican's Nativity Scene

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From a live band to dances and even acting. It all came together at the Vatican to mark the true meaning of the Christmas season.  As always  decorations always help boost the celebration.

BARBARA BELLANO
Governatorate of Vatican City State

"For the first time, the Vatican has a Nativity Scene from Naples. Here in Italy, Naples is considered the mother of all nativity scenes.”

Right next to this huge Bavarian Christmas tree
, stands the Nativity Scene. Putting it all together  involved architects, gardeners and of course, the artists themselves.
 
ANTONIO DI TUORO
Architect

"It's an open setting so that everyone can see it from different angles. But really it's about triggering those emotions.”

LUCIANO CECCHETTI
Vatican Gardens

"We went to the Vatican Gardens to pick out some of plants and place them here, that way we can give the nativity a touch of greenery and nature.”

But it's not just about taking pictures of the striking tree and moving nativity scene, above it all, it's abut about the emotions that only this time of year can inspire.

Planning everything wasn't easy. The Vatican started working on logistics at the end of August. The theme then followed.

AMEDEO LA NAVE
Architect

"The concept is not about having a nativity scene in St. Peter's Square, but about having St. Peter's Square in the nativity scene.”

For those who didn't get a chance to see it in person, there's still time. The tree and nativity scene will stay put until February 2nd, which marks, Candlemas Day.


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