In Spain, as in many Catholic countries, the Christmas nativity scene goes way beyond a stable and a manger. The belén (from the Spanish name for Bethlehem) often recreates in miniature an entire Palestinian village, and examples can be seen in shop windows and public squares as well as schools, businesses, churches and homes. The custom is thought to be over seven hundred years old, and even has its own name - belenismo.
|A lovingly-prepared Belén in the backstreets of Alcalá|
|The Feria del Belen in Seville|
|Miniature delights for your home-made crib scene|
|The Catalan Caganer|
|Belen Viviente in Medina Sidonia|