The largest Christmas Crib in the world has been placed in Spain. It is truly huge

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4 min readDec 7, 2022

The world’s largest nativity scene is located in Spain, specifically in Alicante in the east of the country. Its dimensions turned out to be so record-breaking that it made it into the Guinness Book.

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An integral element — without which it is hard to imagine Christmas — is the Christmas Crib, symbolizing the coming of Jesus Christ into the world. The most famous of them, as every year, stands in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican. This year’s stable in the Holy See was prepared in the village of Sutrio in the province of Udine in northeastern Italy. Visitors can admire the Christmas nativity scene from December 3. The last day to see it will be Baptism Sunday, which is January 8.

The big competition — literally and figuratively — for the Vatican’s nativity scene will be the one on display in the center of Alicante, a city in eastern Spain. Indeed, it is the largest nativity scene in the world, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. As of 2019, it has no equal.

The largest Christmas nativity scene in the world

The world’s largest nativity scene adorns one of the squares in Alicante. The gigantic structure is made up of figures of the holy family by Manuel García Esquiva, whose size surpasses most of the palm trees found in the area. Saint Joseph measures just under 19 meters, Mary more than 10 meters, and the infant Jesus 3.25 meters. By comparison, the total size of the Christ the Savior statue in Rio de Janeiro is 38 meters.

However, it doesn’t stop there. This year, the stable was enriched with statues of three kings — Balthazar, Casper (both measure about 16 meters) and Melchior (11 meters), as well as six statues of angels, spread throughout the city. Two of them (the creator is Javier Gómez Morollón) measure 8 meters. The other four, designed by Lorezno Santana, are 9 meters each.

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