Gandino - Nativity Scene Museum

The nativity scene tradition is deeply rooted in the communities of the Bergamo area.
In the specific section of the prestigious [Museum of Sacred Art](bdiDgR1LJr), Gandino holds one of the most remarkable and extensive collections of Christmas compositions, a destination for experts and tourists from all over the world.

Gandino’s nativity scenes appeared on the cover of the official magazine of the Nativity Scene makers of the United States.
The Nativity Scene Museum, dedicated to Pope John Paul II, was founded in 1988 at the behest of Monsignor Lorenzo Frana. The prelate from Gandino was ambassador of the Holy See at Unesco in Paris and donated hundreds of the compositions to the exhibition.

Amongst the over 500 creations, one finds, for example, a Brazilian wooden nativity scene donated by Pope John Paul II, one in Murano glass and fine gold by Archimede Seguso, as well as an Ecuadorian composition obtained by using a fragment of extremely rare black coral.
In addition to a fabulous collection of illuminated missals with artistic Nativity depictions in the museum rooms, one finds the imposing Wooden Doors which once adorned the ancient Santa Maria Church, pre-existing the Santa Maria Assunta Basilica.

It is a noteworthy intaglio composition from 1500, with panels depicting the life of Mary. Equally remarkable is the miniature of Gandino’s old town, created by the group __Amici del Presepe di Cerete__.

Gandino’s Nativity Scene Museum is open
** from 1 November to 28 February ** Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 2:30 pm to 7 pm (latest admission at 6 pm).
Visits can also be reserved by contacting +39 035.746115.

 

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Visits by appointment

info 035 746115

phone 349 3868675

www.gandino.it/museobasilica