Vila Real de Santo António
AN ENORMOUS nativity scene, measuring 70sqm and containing 2,000 figures, is currently on display in Vila Real de Santo António. Created by artist Ernesto Pires, 59, from Castro Marim, the nativity scene took a total of 23 days to complete, 150 tons of stones, six tons of sand, 60sqm of moss, 80 planks of wood and 1,500 wooden screws were used in the making of this giant model.
Ernesto Pires has created large nativity scenes in previous years, but this is his largest effort so far. The gigantic nativity scene can be viewed daily until King’s Day (January 6) at the Centro Cultural António Aleixo, between 10am and 1pm and between 3pm and 7pm.