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A NATIVITY SCENE OF 20,000 PIECES IN JEREZ DE LOS CABALLEROS

Merida (Spain) / Some 20,000 pieces and seventeen biblical scenes on 450 square meters make up the Biblical and Monumental Nativity scene of Santa Angela de Jerez de los Caballeros (Badajoz, Spain), which presumes to be the largest in the world and unites “the culture and tradition of the crib” with its historical slope.

This is how the “differential character” of this Nativity scene is defended by Juan Izaguirre, spokesman for the Association of the Biblical and Monumental Bethlehem in Santa Angela, of which some thirty people are part, and which explains to EFE that in addition to respecting the biblical scenes there is a geographical travel through the places where the events occurred.

For this, details are gathered of how it was supposed to be the daily life of that time, people who worked in their daily occupations and trades while events occurred “to which the majority of the population was alien”.

It’s intended the visitor can see this biblical nativity scene “like a history book”, since “it’s Christianity, but also culture and art“, with which to reflect the different traditions and customs in each of the towns.

TRADITION, CUSTOMS AND ‘MIGAS’ FROM EXTREMADURA

Thus, one can contemplate the Hebrew part, with Bethlehem, Jerusalem or Nazareth, with fountains, surrounded by female figures (since it was one of the few places they could go without male accompaniment), and with a humbler lifestyle, with livestock as the main resource.

On the other hand is the Egyptian civilization, exponent of more opulence and wealth, whose tables are not lacking products such as lobsters and seafood, or the port of Alexandria, with its large ships and constant transfer of merchandise, which gives an idea of its commercial power.

For Juan Izaguirre, although it’s difficult to highlight a scene in a nativity scene of these dimensions, he is personally struck by the esposal of Mary and Joseph, in which he has opted to recreate a Jewish wedding so that the visitor can contemplate how, according to historians, these events developed.

However, this nativity scene can’t forget our tradition and customs and there is no lack of “winks” to adapt it, like the scene of the slaughter of the lamb, which is represented in the style of the Extremadura killing of the pig, in which the traditional ‘migas’.

HAND-MADE PIECES

All the constructions are made of wood, handicraft, trying to be the most faithful to the time, but it highlights elements and pieces made with porcelain paste and painted by hand, such as almond flowers, crochet carpets, tables and feeders, carved floors, palm leaves.

The entrance to the nativity scene, whose assembly begins in August, although in February and possible changes are addressed and new additions, is free, but visitors can provide donations for projects of social interest.

Last year more than 35,000 people visited the nativity scene, which will be open until next January 7, and which are not only neighbours of the towns of the region, but also come from other bordering provinces, such as the Andalusians of Seville, Cordoba or Huelva, and even Italian tourists. (December 15, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

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Question 1
La noticia trata...
A
de los belenes más grandes del mundo.
B
de un belén que se encuentra en una región española.
C
de cómo se debe montar un belén.
Question 2
Sobre este belén se dice que...
A
millones de piezas han sido utilizadas para recrear unas escenas bíblicas.
B
a penas se han utilizado muchas piezas para recrear unas escenas bíblicas.
C
miles de piezas han sido utilizadas para recrear unas escenas bíblicas.
Question 3
Según Izaguirre, este belén es especial ya que...    
A
también se recrean los lugares geográficos donde ocurrieron los hechos.
B
solo se recrean las escenas bíblicas.
C
solo se centra en recrear los lugares geográficos donde ocurrieron los hechos.
Question 4
En este belén, los visitantes podrán ver...
A
solo la recreación del nacimiento del Niño.
B
también cómo era el día a día de la gente que vivía en esa época.
C
solo cómo era el día a día de la gente que vivía en esa época.
Question 5
Algunas escenas de la vida extremeña han sido introducidas en este belén.    
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Para nada.
B
Así es.
C
No se sabe.
Question 6
Según el texto, este belén...  
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comenzó a ser montado hace unos meses.
B
no cuenta con piezas realizadas artesanalmente.
C
fue montado en un solo día.
Question 7
Este belén se podrá visitar...  
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hasta el día después de Reyes.
B
justo después de Navidad.
C
justo hasta el 6 de enero.
Question 8
Según el vídeo, ese belén...  
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todas las réplicas son humanas.
B
tiene réplicas humanas.
C
no cuenta con réplicas humanas.
Question 9
Según el vídeo, en ese belén...    
A
hay decenas de miles de réplicas humanas.
B
se recrea el Muro de las Lamentaciones.
C
ninguna persona recrea a ningún personaje.
Question 10
Según el vídeo, en este belén...  
A
no aparece el arcángel Gabriel.
B
aparece la Anunciación del arcángel San Gabriel a la Virgen María.
C
no se recrea la escena de la Anunciación.
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