Vatican: The Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square weighs 8 tons and is 113 years old

Red spruce from the Dolomites was erected with a crane near the obelisk in the square in front of the Vatican Basilica. There were many people who wanted to photograph the magnificent Christmas tree.


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Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican

It will be decorated with wooden baubles and energy-saving lamps that will be lit at dusk on December 10.


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Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican

There will also be an inauguration ceremony for the nativity scene built next to the spruce tree. Figures for it will come from Peru this year; they had never been brought to the Vatican from so far before.


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Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican

In the nativity scene there will be 30 figures made of ceramics and wood, among others, by artists from the village of Chopcca in the Peruvian Andes, in the Huancavelica department. The manger will remind us of the bicentenary of Peru’s independence and will refer to the lives of the peoples of the Andes. The figures of the Holy Family and the Magi will be accompanied by figurines of animals found in this part of the world, such as llamas, alpacas, Andean vicuñas and condors.

The custom of placing a Christmas tree and a nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square was introduced by St. John Paul II in 1982.

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