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The nativity is the traditional symbol of the Christmas story all around the world – the peaceful figure of baby Jesus being worshipped by his mum, would be-dad and various other worshippers as depicted in the famous bible story. But in Rome this December, it will be a little bit more than just that.
For the first time, the nativities from several famous churches will face off against one another in a Christmassy competition.
The idea comes from the mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, who has infact made the competition into a street delight for tourists and Romans alike.
For example, the nativity which traditionally lies in St Peter’s square, and is well known all around the world for its beauty, will instead be located in Campidoglio square in front of the Capitolini Museums. This coincides with a nativity located in front of the Colosseum. To go and admire them both however, you must cross a specific street which twines them together.
Meanwhile, if you wish to see one of the most ancient nativities in the world, you can visit the Sistine Chapel of Saint Maria Maggiore Church in Rome. It was made in 1289 from albaster and given to the church as a gift.
So while coming to see these beautiful Christmas wonders,
The nativity: Who’s who at the most famous birth of all time?
Baby Jesus: He sits in the manger from Christmas Day
Mary: His mother who is found close by, admiring him
St Joseph: The husband of Mary (but obviously not the biological father of Jesus )dressed in shepherd’s clothes, he is normally situated to the opposite side of mary near the cot.
The Shepherds: Some of them carrying lambs, are designated all around the nativity, playing music or singing.
The Three Kings: Gaspare, Melchiorre and Baldassarre, who followed a star to Jesus’s crib. They are not tradionally placed in the manger until the Epiphany – January 6th. This is in acknowledgement, historically, that they arrived much later on.