This is not just an image of 18th Century Spain, but rather a section of a nativity scene sculpted and designed in the Neapolitan barroque style. Few things at this time of year are as widely displayed as the nativity scene, known mainly as a “belén”, which is the Spanish word for “Bethlehem”. You can come across them just about everywhere in the country (in all sizes, shapes, numbers and styles) and many are major tourist attractions. Today we are going to learn a little about the history of the nativity scene in Spain and include some ideas on where to see them. Enjoy!
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