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In Portugal, the cult of the nativity scene appeared between the 17th and 18th centuries, with several renowned sculptors who, since then, have designed figures for the staging of the Nativity. Portuguese cribs have a great iconographic and ethnographic value, for the particularity of including popular figures such as miller, laundress or pastor.

Santíssimo Coração de Jesus (Basílica da Estrela) Santíssimo Coração de Jesus (Basílica da Estrela)

One of the most spectacular seventeenth-century Portuguese christmas cribs, shaped by Machado de Castro.

Nossa Senhora dos Mártires Nossa Senhora dos Mártires

Dating from the 18th century, it is influenced by the tradition of christmas cribs from the north of the country.

Sé Patriarcal Sé Patriarcal

The only christmas cribs signed and dated by Joaquim Machado de Castro (1766).

São Vicente de Fora São Vicente de Fora

Christmas cribs of the Patriarchate of Lisbon. First half of the XIX century.

Nossa Senhora do Monte e São Gens Nossa Senhora do Monte e São Gens

The original christmas cribs, from the first half of the eighteenth century, is attributed to António Ferreira. Includes figures made at different times.

Nossa Senhora de Fátima (Lisboa) Nossa Senhora de Fátima (Lisboa)

In a side chapel of the Church of Our Lady of Fatima (Lisbon), You can contemplate and admire the christmas cribs of the sculptress Maria Amélia Carvalheira.

This christmas cribs executed for the church of Our Lady of Fatima in 1958, includes 24 figures of clay polychrome.

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