Nativity scene in St Peter's Square is break with tradition for Vatican.
The Vatican has unveiled a giant Nativity scene which was built using 720 tons of compacted sand from Jesolo near Venice.
Professional sand artist Rich Varano was the artistic director of the project which measures 5.5m high and 16m wide and is protected with an overhead canopy.
Varano spent two weeks constructing the life-size scene, accompanied by three sand sculptors from the Czech Republic, Holland and Russia.
The Nativity scene and Christmas tree can be visited in St Peter's Square until 7 January.