A sneak peak at one of the most elaborate nativity scenes in Rome

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Nestled in the center of one of the most popular and historic areas in Rome is the Basilica of Saints Cosma and Damian.

And not only during the Christmas season, but year round, this Basilica is home to one of the most elaborate nativity scenes in Rome.

Rector, Basilica of Saints Cosma and Damian
It's a work made in Naples at the time of Charles of Bourbon, who was King and promoted a craftsmanship in Naples surrounding the nativity scene.
There are parts of this nativity scene made directly by the staff of his palace and others also by monasteries, by many artists who at the time, in the 18th century were famous in sculpting, in architecture and in today's craftsmanship of character clothing.

The nativity scene hails at over 19 feet long and 13 feet tall. And the grand space is filled with nearly 200 handmade figures that portray the scene of a regular life in a busy village that stops to celebrate the miraculous birth of baby Jesus.

This style of nativity scene originated in Naples in the mid-1700s and this particular model was donated to the Basilica in 1939. It has been on display for over 10 years and remains a popular attraction.

Rector, Basilica of Saints Cosma and Damian
Many come and many visit. Many, many people. And before, when it was in a larger and older area, there was even more crowds and there were lines all year round, including in the summer, even reaching the street, always full, full, full. Now, it's a little more hidden, less in sight, let's say. But people come.

Tourists and locals alike can visit this intricate nativity scene at the Basilica right next to the Roman Forum.


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