Christmas Nativity Scene at Saint-François-Xavier, Paris

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One of the most beautiful Nativity Scenes in Paris is found inside the church of Saint-François-Xavier in the 7th arrondissement. The large scene refers to the tradition of a Provençal Nativity Scene with hundreds of ‘Santons‘.


The Nativity Scene at Saint-François-Xavier church

Saint-François-Xavier Church Paris © French Moments

Saint-François Xavier church, Paris © French Moments

The church of Saint-François-Xavier is situated in the 7th arrondissement not far from Les Invalides. Its official name is Saint-François-Xavier des Missions étrangères (St. Francis of the Foreign Missions). The current sanctuary was built from 1861 to 1874 by architects Adrien-Louis Lusson and Toussaint Uchard.


A Provençal Nativity Scene

One of the most beautiful Nativity Scene in Paris is host by the church of Saint-François-Xavier. It follows the tradition of a Provençal Nativity Scene where the Biblical characters are combined with those of a Provençal village. Situated in the Sainte-Thérèse chapel, it features more than 500 crib characters (‘Santons’).

Nativity Scene at Saint-François-Xavier church, Paris © French Moments Scene Saint-François Xavier Paris 01 © French Moments

Nativity Scene © French Moments

Nativity Scene at Saint-François-Xavier church, Paris © French Moments

Provençal Nativity Scene © French Moments

Nativity Scene at Saint-François Xavier church, Paris © French Moments

The Provençal Nativity Scene © French Moments

Nativity Scene at Saint-François Xavier church, Paris © French Moments

The Provençal Nativity Scene © French Moments

Nativity Scene at Saint-François Xavier church, Paris © French Moments

The Provençal Nativity Scene © French Moments

Nativity Scene at Saint-François-Xavier church, Paris © French Moments

The Provençal Nativity Scene © French Moments

Nativity Scene at Saint-François-Xavier church, Paris © French Moments

The Provençal Nativity Scene © French Moments

Nativity Scene at Saint-François-Xavier church, Paris © French Moments

The Provençal Nativity Scene © French Moments

Nativity Scene at Saint-François Xavier church, Paris © French Moments

The Provençal Nativity Scene © French Moments


 

 

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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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