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All Around the Nativity Scene – A Walk in Krakow
All Around the Nativity Scene – A Walk in Krakow

All Around the Nativity Scene – A Walk in Krakow
All Around the Nativity Scene – A Walk in Krakow

All Around the Nativity Scene – A Walk in Krakow – To date, they could only be seen at an exhibition at the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow; however, in 2015 we came up with an idea that the wonders of small architecture which won the traditional Krakow Nativity Scene Contest should be placed behind store windows, in restaurants, and cafés located directly around the Main Market Square in Krakow. To date, we have twice invited all the tradition lovers in Krakow to see the most beautiful representations of Christ’s birthplace. They could be found behind the windows of stores and venues at the Market Square in Krakow, as well as in other nooks and crannies of the city. The campaign was organised by: the City of Krakow, the Krakow Festival Office and the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow.

From the 6th of December until the 6th of January, the residents of Krakow and the tourists will have an opportunity to see the most beautiful and award-winning nativity scenes featured in the Krakow Nativity Scene Contest organised by the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow. They will be prominently featured behind the windows in restaurants, stores, book stores and banks. It will be a perfect opportunity to follow the development of nativity scenes and the art – alone or accompanied by the loved ones. The imaginations of Christ’s birthplace will be seen in venues in the Old Town, as well as the Factory Outlet Centre in Krakow.

Over 20 nativity scenes were installed directly at the Main Market Square. However, that’s not all! Five enormous, 2.5 metre, double-sided nativity scenes were located at the Barbican, in Szczepański Square, in Marii Magdaleny Square, at Powiśle 11 and right next to the Chopin’s Piano Fountain at the Krakow Philharmonic.

The event ended with a traditional walk in the footsteps of saints, angels and shepherds, who heard the voice of the Angel and set off to Bethlehem. The final walk took place on the 6th of January, and the participants were guided around the world of nativity scenes by Michał Niezabitowski, director of the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow.

Building and presenting nativity scenes is one of the most well-known and original traditions in Krakow. Each year, the Krakow Nativity Scene Contest starts traditionally on the first Thursday of December. Nativity scene creators come to the Main Market Square in Krakow and take the best spots at the steps leading to the Adam Mickiewicz monument. With the sound of the bugle call, sounding every day at noon from the tower of the St. Mary's Basilica, they take their creations in a colourful parade to the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow at Krzysztofory Palace, where all the works are presented in an exhibition, much loved by the residents of Krakow and tourists alike.



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