In Florence, as every year, during Christmas season, a nativity scene with life-size terracotta statues, is set upon the parvis of the Cathedral of Florence. Cardinal Giuseppe Betori will bless the nativity scene on December 8, before the celebration of the Holy Mass in the Cathedral for the feast of the Immaculate Conception. The nativity scene will remain in the cathedral square up to the Epiphany, on January 6. On that day, real people and animals will replace the terracotta Magi figures, giving life to the installation and making it even more impressive. The terracotta statues are unique handmade pieces made by the craftsman Luigi Mariani of the historic furnace of Impruneta Angiolo Mariani and sons, which have donated them to the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore.
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