Sand from the Dolomites for the Vatican Nativity Scene

November 12, 2018

Jesolo’s ancient tradition of sand sculpture will be honored next December; the Venetian resort will have the honor of providing the Nativity Scene in front of the Vatican basilica this year.

The traditional representation of the Nativity will cover some 270 square feet. It will consist in a 50-foot-long, 16-foot-high, and 20-foot-wide bas-relief.

It will be blessed on the afternoon of December 7 and will remain on display until January 13, 2019, reports L’Osservatore Romano.

No less than thirty-five thousand cubic feet of sand will be necessary for this masterpiece that will be started mid-November.

Before traveling to Rome, the sand will be blessed by the patriarch of Venice, Patriarch Francesco Moraglia.

The Christmas tree will be as large as the Nativity Scene: a 70-foot tall spruce tree with a diameter of 32 feet will be offered by the Italian diocese of Concordia-Pordenone, in northern Italy.