Spain through the looking glass

Best nativity scenes 2012

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I’ve developed a bit of a thing for Spain’s Christmas cribs this year (see my earlier post on Rute’s giant chocolate nativity scene here).

These belenes (cribs) are not something I’d ever really noticed before, but they are actually incredibly popular in Spain. Most neighbourhoods have at least one shop dedicated to them where belenistas – or crib lovers (who even have their own national association) – can buy miniature shepherds, or tiny palm trees or chubby little Jesus figures all-year round.

Below is a sample of some of the cribs I’ve spotted lately. I’ve saved the best (worst?) for last:

1) Priego de Córdoba (child’s clothing store)


2) Church of St Bartholomew, Seville


3) La Campana bakery, Seville


4) Gift shop, Seville


5) Cajasol Foundation, Seville


6) Gift shop, Seville


7) Army surplus store, Maria La Blanca, Seville



Written by georgemills25

December 23, 2012 at 09:39

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  1. Some great photos here, George. I reckon MTV should do a festive version of Cribs. Featuring bélens.

    Matthew Hirtes

    December 23, 2012 at 11:18

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