Vatican unveils giant Nativity scene made of sand

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.

Alongside the Nativity scene is the Vatican's Christmas tree, a 23m-high red fir, following a tradition begun by Pope St John Paul II in 1982.
The Nativity scene and Christmas tree can be visited in St Peter's Square until 7 January.

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Vatican unveils giant Nativity scene made of sand

Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano