Getting Lost in Sevilla and Ending Up in Bethlehem

Everywhere I turn in Sevilla right now, there is another Belén (a nativity scene) on public display and free for viewing (although some of the churches have a donation box as you exit). Many displays are much more than just the Nativity. I especially love the ones that recreate entire cities and towns. There’s even a Lego Belén. I might check that out this week if I can find a day when the line of children is not overwhelming.The complexity and attention to detail on some of these displays is incredible. The other day, I happened to pass the one shown below. It was in the covered plaza of a modern office building. For me, pure fantasy. I don’t focus on the “religious” aspect of the scenes (although I know that if I actually understood what I was looking at, it would all be religous). Ignorance in this case is my bliss.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

18 thoughts on “Getting Lost in Sevilla and Ending Up in Bethlehem”

  1. All your posting give us a sense of adventure… thanks for sharing the exploring of your Sevilla adventure. kent okla city

  2. This is an incredible work of art! I can imagine, having been brought up Catholic, how I would have loved to see all these Belen(s)? when I was a child. This one looks so real!
    You are having too much fun Mitch! Hoping you will always be blissful.

    1. Ms. Sparrow:
      None I've yet seen are life-size. In this one, the human figures ranged in size from about 6 inches to about 12 inches tall to enhance the sense of perspective. I've seen displays with smaller figures and with much larger ones. The one outside City Hall is primarily a traditional Nativity Scene and those figures are probably more than 24 inches tall.

    1. Elaine:
      Picture No. 3: A stinky stogie! No, really, his hand is cupped over his mouth as if he's calling to a person or animal. But, at a glance, I thought he was talking on a cell phone.

  3. So, Mitchell, these are three-dimensional? Incredible! The parts that are buildings and landscape look 3-dimensional, but the people look like paintings to me. What about the sky? How is that done?

    1. Judeet:
      It's funny. When I was cropping the photos, I thought the same thing — that the people looked like they're painted. They're not. The sky, however, is… some very beautiful air-brushing (or maybe it's all done in Photoshop)!

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