Peace to men of good will. Nativity scenes in Slovakia
The first nativity scene in the world was created by Francis of Assisi
Nativity scene, the famous Christmas “crib”, represents the biblical birth of Jesus Christ. They depict the biblical scene described in the Gospel of Matthew and especially in the Gospel of Luke. This tradition dates back to the 13th century, and in the 16th and 17th centuries, Franciscans and Jesuits spread nativity scenes in churches throughout Europe. The tradition came to Slovakia at the end of the 18th century.
The exhibition on the second floor of Bratislava Castle presents a representative selection of historical and folk nativity scenes from all over Slovakia and some neighbouring European countries. They cover the period from the 18th to the end of the 20th century.
The main idea of the exhibition takes on a special meaning in these troubled times, because in addition to a beautiful experience, it wants to emphasize the idea of the cultural and spiritual belonging of Europe and the victory of the Bethlehem Light over the darkness of hatred.
Nativity scenes from Slovakia, Czechia and Austria are complemented by paintings on glass, paper and canvases with Advent and Christmas themes. The exhibited artifacts come from the collections of the Slovak National Museum – Historical Museum, Ľubovňa Museum – Castle in Stará Ľubovňa and private funds. All items have been restored for this occasion.