Under the name, “La Luz de Belén”, the Valencia Cathedral is displaying a nativity scene this year for the first time in centuries.
And it’s not just any nativity scene! Over 400 characters populate an area over 12 meters long. There are donkeys, camels, bridges, markets, and just about everything else you might expect to find in ancient Bethlehem, all rendered in gorgeous detail. You can look through the city gates and check out the action going on in the distance, creating a sense of depth that is really remarkable. Some of our pictures almost look like paintings.
And, of course, that wacky Baby Jesus makes an appearance as well … he’s sitting on Mary’s lap at the end of the scene, in an understated, authentic portrayal without any halos or hovering angels. One could almost miss him, if not paying attention.
More information, images and a video on La Luz de Belén below:
You’ll be able to check out the scene for free until January 6th. It’s the work of artist José Joaquín Pérez, from Jerez.