Kraków nativity scenes make UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list
UNESCO’s Evaluation Body has issued a positive recommendation for the inclusion of traditional Krakovian ‘szopki’ or nativity scenes on the prestigious UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list. A Krakovian szopka presents the biblical scene of the birth of Christ surrounded by the most recognisable landmarks of the city. Often, historical or contemporary social events are portrayed by figures in the scenes. The figures are often mobile and moved by various mechanisms with illumination giving an additional effect.