One of the biggest belén or Nativity scene in Europe will be inaugurated later today in the region of Murcia.

The ‘belén’ of San Javier measures approximately 520 square metres, is housed outside and contains a total of 1,200 figures, most of which have been created by local artists Jesús Griñán and Serrano.

The traditional Nativity scene display that tells the story of the birth of Jesus and depicts what life was like in Egypt, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and more locally, in Cartagena, more than 2,000 years ago consists of 25 recreations of well-known stories and settings such as King Herod’s palace, the Sanhedrin court of rabbis and the stable where Jesus was born, as well as more familiar scenery including water wheels, windmills, fisherman and fields with vegetable crops.

The ‘belén’ of San Javier was first inaugurated in 1969 and its inauguration has been a popular and well-attended event since then, with thousands of visitors coming to take a look.

This year’s event will be accompanied by a performance from Coros y Danzas Mar Menor.

The ‘belén’ will be on display until 6 January

Date: Friday 21 December 2018

Time: 20.00h

Place: Plaza de España

Address: Plaza de España, San Javier, 30730, Murcia

Entrance: Free