Over 280,000 visitors for the “100 Nativity Scenes in the Vatican” International Exhibition

08 January 2024



Another great public success has been achieved in the series of exhibitions being held in preparation for the 2025 Jubilee. After the success of the exhibition of the three great masterpieces by El Greco in the church of Sant'Agnese in Agone in Rome last year, the 2024 edition of the “100 Nativity Scenes in Vatican” closed on 7 January, the third of the exhibition series entitled, "The Jubilee is culture".

Since the opening on 8 December, more than 280,000 adults, young people and children have visited around 120 nativity scenes from 22 countries around the world, displayed under Bernini's Colonnade in St. Peter's Square.

Once more this year, the creativity of the crib artists amazed visitors, with the Nativity represented with new materials and in new settings. This year's edition focused in a particular way, on the theme of "Hope", in preparation for the Holy Year, which will have the same theme - the motto of the Jubilee of 2025 is "Pilgrims of Hope".

This year’s exhibition had a special bonus because of the presence of the nativity scenes from Greccio for the celebration of the 800th anniversary of the first depiction of the Nativity in that little Italian town  by Saint Francis of Assisi in 1223.

The next edition of the "100 Nativity Scenes in the Vatican" is already in the calendar for December 2024.