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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Musical image of majesty
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Neapolitan images of Stabat Mater
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The Passion of suffering filled with poetry