Unique ancient Neapolitan chapel, every figure is truly a piece of art.
Every year a huge ancient Neapolitan nativity scene is set up in the St. Catharine Cathedral in the center of the city Utrecht. The Neapolitan nativity scene is beautiful and can be admired for free from December 18 to January 8. Just walk through the gate next to the cathedral and follow the red carpet to the Neapolitan Nativity scene. You don’t have to make a reservation, just walk in.
This nativity scene is so beautiful and special, it looks like a complete miniature city. All figures are real original Italian masterpieces. Every face, clothing, and accessory is made with extreme precision. They are therefore true 18th-century museum pieces from the Italian city of Naples. Did you know that there are six hundred Christmas figures in the stable?
Not only the figures with their clothes and accessories are super beautiful, but the decor is also very special. Part of the decor is Utrecht specifics such as the Dom Tower, the Oudegracht, the flower market, and the observatory.
Even if you are not religious or of another faith, it is still an absolute must to admire this beautiful nativity scene. So if you’re in town, just pop in, and you’ll be amazed.
The Museum Catharijne Convent is located next to the St. Catharijne Cathedral in the center of Utrecht. This museum mainly has Catholic religious art in its collection. The Museum Catharijne convent is a museum in the Netherlands that takes care of the preservation of the Roman Catholic heritage.