At the doors of Christmas, the Teresiano-Sanjuanista International Center -University of Mysticism- today opened the tenth second edition of "Mundo Belén", an exhibition that brings together 850 nativity scenes from 96 countries around the world for a tour of 600 square meters.
Through 3,300 pieces brought together for years by those responsible for the CITeS, the visitor will have the opportunity to approach Christmas "through interculturality", according to what the director of the University of Mysticism said at the opening of the exhibition. Javier Sancho
In each corner appears "a model of each town" and even space, since at the beginning of the tour you can observe with surprise the "Bethlehem of space", starring the protagonists of the famous film Steven Spielberrg "ET" .
Along with them, births of the five continents appear with figures of Apache Indians, Eskimos, Gypsies, Vikings and numerous cultures of the planet that make this show a real journey through "the Christmas traditions of the world", according to Sancho.
Mounted during the last month by the people in charge of the University of the Mystic, this year, another hundred nativity scenes are added to the collection, among which the one of the Vatican stands out, with St. Peter's Basilica on its back.
Births from Greece, Iceland, Vietnam, Angola and Algeria have also been added to this Christmas tradition, to complete the 96 countries that are represented in this exhibition that last year was considered by more than 6,000 people from 30 countries and 28 provinces. Spain.
The 3,300 pieces are made of paper, stone, salt, corn husks, paper grains, hazelnuts, marmolina or using the pistachio to place the smallest nativity of the sample inside, opposite the largest, located at the beginning of the journey and made in foam and poliespán by the Discalced Carmelite nuns of Seville.
Among the special places, those centered on Ávila or the one set in an igloo stand out, but also the one that Javier Sancho has called "the fantasy continent", centered on the world of children, since this exhibition attracts a lot of the little ones.
Another of this year's novelties lies in the nativity scene made by the heads of CITeS, reproducing the great mosque of Djenne, in Mali, a building unique for its dimensions and, above all, for the constructive material used: mud.
Sancho explained during the opening, how "Mundo Belén" helps those who travel to "know how different cultures have merged."
This original sample will remain open at the University of the Mystic until January 13.