Italian Basilicata and Christmas Crib in Turku

An impressive piece of art, the Natività by Francesco Artese, is to be seen for free in the Turku main church 9am-6pm until the 6th of Jan 2014.

It is a big (houses almost as high as I am) miniature replication of the Italian village Basilicata. The village is said to be timeless, a mixture of modern and ancient, and it is one of UNESCO world heritage sites. The replication is also housing the Christmas crib in a stable as the display is a part of the Italian Christmas crib building tradition.

My toddlers especially liked to follow the moon; the night and day is changing in the display. I quite liked how the light and the colours changed depending on the time of the day.



There is currently an other example of the Italian Christmas crib building tradition on display in Helsinki.


  1. The moon moves, too? We’d definitely visit that one. Must have been so much work to put together!

    1. The artist got help from the art students to put ot together here and still it took a few days!

    1. Doesn’t it?! Makes you want to visit the real Basilicata in Italy to see the resemblance!

  2. This looks fascinating! I love miniatures and these look beautiful. More and more as I read your blog I feel we must make the trek to Finland (hopefully when its warmer though). 🙂

    1. Cool, welcome! (But I’d wait for either snow or the spring/ summer too. Rain and darkness is not so uplifting…)

      1. I think that will have to be the plan 🙂 I need my natural sunny vitamin d 🙂

        1. Just remember to let me know when you land 🙂

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