Greccio

Greccio – the First Christmas Crib

The Nativity scene or Christmas crib is said to have originated with Saint Francis in 1223 when he constructed a nativity scene out of straw in a cave in the town of Greccio and held Christmas Eve mass there. Greccio reenacts this event each year and there’s a collection of nativity scenes and a memorial to Saint Francis. Greccio is in the Rieti Province of Lazio.

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