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THE CHRISTMAS CRIB

In many countries a common tradition is building Christmas cribs. The first one is said to be credited to St. Francis of Assisi who, according to a tale, set it in a forest clearing.
The crib contained the figurines of the Christmas Eve characters and living animals. Later on the venture found its followers who transformed it into the sophisticated art.

An old Polish Christmas tradition to build the Christmas Crib with thousands of figurines - in Polish Szopka (pronounced "shopka") has been known since the beginning of the 19th century.
During the Christmas season you will find Christmas Nativity creches representing Mary, Joseph and others around the crib of baby Jesus at the Bethlehem stable, in every church and under most christmas trees in houses.
The traditional Christmas Nativity scene in miniature usually comprises the Holy Family, angels and shepherds, surrounded by figures of animals. But in Warsaw churches, traditional Christmas cribs are exceptional, ranging from small to life-size representations.
Every church takes pride in its own Christmas Crib - that is usually lavish and elaborate, often in motion, sometimes very old, sometimes a new one every year.

One of the most popular Christmas cribs is the mechanical pageant in the crypt of the Capuchin church and monastery on Miodowa Street. Varsovians have visited the place on Christmas for 50 years.
Crowds of children and adults line up in front of the church to see the crib with its hundreds of moving figures.
Every year, the Capuchin monks change the crib to add topicality, with references to events in the country and the life of the Church. Along with Biblical figures, the crib also has historical figures, including Polish kings.
The crib's backdrop represents famous buildings, including St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and the Royal Castle in Warsaw. The first moving crib was displayed in the Capuchin church in 1948.
SZ (sh)  - Szopka (Pronounced Shopka)
SZ (sh) - Szopka (Pronounced "Shopka")
Christmas Crib At Capuchin Church
Christmas Crib At Capuchin Church
Love Never Terminates
Love Never Terminates
Christmas Crib At Capuchin Church
Christmas Crib At Capuchin Church
Christmas Crib At Capuchin Church
Christmas Crib At Capuchin Church
Christmas Crib At St. Anna's Church
Christmas Crib At St. Anna's Church
Christmas Crib At Jesuit Church
Christmas Crib At Jesuit Church
Christmas Crib At St. Jacob The Apostle
Christmas Crib At St. Jacob The Apostle
Christmas Crib At Jesuit Church
Christmas Crib At Jesuit Church
My Parish Church Christmas Crib
My Parish Church Christmas Crib
Christmas Crib At BV Mary Church
Christmas Crib At BV Mary Church
Christmas Crib At  Church Of The Holy Cross
Christmas Crib At Church Of The Holy Cross
Three Wise Men
Three Wise Men
Christmas Crib At Plac Krasinskich
Christmas Crib At Plac Krasinskich
Shepherds
Shepherds
Christmas Crib Scene
Christmas Crib Scene
Christmas Crib At St. Francis Of Assisi Church
Christmas Crib At St. Francis Of Assisi Church
Baby Jesus
Baby Jesus
Christmas Crib At  St. John's Cathedral
Christmas Crib At St. John's Cathedral
Christmas Crib At Church of Our Mary Lady
Christmas Crib At Church of Our Mary Lady
Christmas Crib At  The Holy Spirit Church
Christmas Crib At The Holy Spirit Church
Christmas Crib At  The Holy Spirit Church
Christmas Crib At The Holy Spirit Church
Beautiful Star of Bethlehem
Beautiful Star of Bethlehem
Christmas Crib At  The Holy Spirit Church
Christmas Crib At The Holy Spirit Church
Christmas Crib At  St. John's Cathedral
Christmas Crib At St. John's Cathedral
Christmas Crib At  The Holy Spirit Church
Christmas Crib At The Holy Spirit Church
Christmas Crib At  St. Casimir Church
Christmas Crib At St. Casimir Church
Christmas Crib In Church Of  Blessed Jakub Strzemie
Christmas Crib In Church Of Blessed Jakub Strzemie
Christmas Crib At  St. Anthony of Padua Church
Christmas Crib At St. Anthony of Padua Church
Nativity Scene
Nativity Scene
Christmas Crib On Sale
Christmas Crib On Sale
Christmas Crib At Plac Krasinskich
Christmas Crib At Plac Krasinskich
Nativity Scene At Plac Krasinskich
Nativity Scene At Plac Krasinskich
Christmas Crib At Jesuit Church
Christmas Crib At Jesuit Church
Wooden Nativity Scene
Wooden Nativity Scene
Nativity Scene At St. Anna's Church
Nativity Scene At St. Anna's Church
Christmas Crib At The Visitants' Church
Christmas Crib At The Visitants' Church
Christmas Crib At Jesuit Church
Christmas Crib At Jesuit Church
Christmas Crib At The Visitants' Church
Christmas Crib At The Visitants' Church
Christmas Crib At St. John's Cathedral
Christmas Crib At St. John's Cathedral
Christmas Crib At All Saints' Church
Christmas Crib At All Saints' Church
Christmas Crib At Capuchin Church
Christmas Crib At Capuchin Church
Christmas Crib At St. Francis Of Assisi Church
Christmas Crib At St. Francis Of Assisi Church
Christmas Crib At St. Francis Of Assisi Church
Christmas Crib At St. Francis Of Assisi Church
Christmas Crib At Church of Our Mary Lady
Christmas Crib At Church of Our Mary Lady
Christmas Crib At St. Casimir Church
Christmas Crib At St. Casimir Church
Christmas Crib At St. Casimir Church
Christmas Crib At St. Casimir Church
Christmas Crib At St. Andrew Bobola Church
Christmas Crib At St. Andrew Bobola Church
Christmas Crib At St.John of God Church
Christmas Crib At St.John of God Church
Christmas Crib At St. Martin's Church
Christmas Crib At St. Martin's Church
Christmas Crib At The Holy Spirit Church
Christmas Crib At The Holy Spirit Church
Christmas Crib At The Holy Spirit Church
Christmas Crib At The Holy Spirit Church
Christmas Crib With Gingerbread Figures
Christmas Crib With Gingerbread Figures
Christmas Cribs
Christmas Cribs
Christmas Cribs
Christmas Cribs
Christmas Crib At Jesuit Church
Christmas Crib At Jesuit Church
Christmas Crib At  St. John's Cathedral
Christmas Crib At St. John's Cathedral
Nativity Scene Carved In Wood
Nativity Scene Carved In Wood
Nativity Scene At Plac Krasinskich
Nativity Scene At Plac Krasinskich
Christmas Crib At The Chapel
Christmas Crib At The Chapel
Christmas Crib At Church Of Saint Stanislaus Bishop
Christmas Crib At Church Of Saint Stanislaus Bishop
Christmas Crib At St. John The Baptist Church
Christmas Crib At St. John The Baptist Church
Christmas Crib At St. Anna's Church
Christmas Crib At St. Anna's Church
Christmas Crib At St. Martin's Church
Christmas Crib At St. Martin's Church
Christmas Crib At St. Martin's Church
Christmas Crib At St. Martin's Church
Christmas Crib At St. Jack Church
Christmas Crib At St. Jack Church
Christmas Crib At St. Jack Church
Christmas Crib At St. Jack Church
Christmas Crib At  St. John's Cathedral
Christmas Crib At St. John's Cathedral
Christmas Crib At  St. John's Cathedral
Christmas Crib At St. John's Cathedral
Christmas Crib At  St. John's Cathedral
Christmas Crib At St. John's Cathedral
Christmas Crib At Church Of The Holy Cross
Christmas Crib At Church Of The Holy Cross
Christmas Crib At Church Of The Holy Cross
Christmas Crib At Church Of The Holy Cross
Christmas Crib At Church Of The Holy Cross
Christmas Crib At Church Of The Holy Cross
Christmas Crib At Church Of The Holy Cross
Christmas Crib At Church Of The Holy Cross
Christmas Crib At Church Of The Holy Cross
Christmas Crib At Church Of The Holy Cross
Christmas Crib At Church Of The Holy Cross
Christmas Crib At Church Of The Holy Cross
Christmas Crib At St. Ann's Church
Christmas Crib At St. Ann's Church
Christmas Crib At St. Ann's Church
Christmas Crib At St. Ann's Church
Nativity Scene
Nativity Scene