7 Nativity Scenes from the South West of France

As it is the custom each year around Christmas time, inside the churches in France (and all over the world) followers re-create the scene of the nativity – called here “la crèche de noel”.
Below are 7 of these displays in the churches of the south west France.

Saint Sernin Nativity Scene
Saint Sernin Nativity Scene

Saint Sernin Basilica is an UNESCO listed monument situated in the center of Toulouse. For more information about Saint Sernin click here.
Saint Sernin Basilica
Saint Sernin Basilica a masterpiece of the gothic meridional architectural style

Saint Etienne Cathedral Nativity Scene
Saint Etienne Cathedral Nativity Scene

Saint Etienne is the Cathedral of Toulouse, sometimes called the “unfinished” cathedral due to its multiple architectural styles. For more information about Saint Etienne Cathedral click here.
Saint Etienne Cathedral
Saint Etienne Cathedral

Notre Dame de la Dalbade
Notre Dame de la Dalbade Nativity Scene

The Nativity Scene of Notre-Dame de la Dalbade Church of Toulouse is year after year considered the most elaborated display of this kind in Toulouse. A mandatory stop on the “ronde des crèches” of Toulouse.
Nativity Scene in Moirax
Nativity Scene in Moirax

Moirax is a little village situated some 10 km away from Agen (in the Lot-et-Garonne department of the southwest France) and was – still is – a stop on the road to Santiago de Compostela. Notre Dame de Moirax church was built during the 11th and 12th centuries.
Pujols Chruch Nativity Scene
Pujols Chruch Nativity Scene

Pulojs Le Haut is one of the “Most Beautiful Villages of France” (“Plus Beaux Villages de France”). Its Saint Nicolas church was built in the 16th century.
Pujols Saint Nicolas Church
Pujols Saint Nicolas Church

Notre Dame du Bourg Nativity Scene
Notre Dame du Bourg Nativity Scene

Notre Dame du Bourg is a church situated in the in the little town of Rabastens on the axis Toulouse-Albi. The church was built starting in the in the 13th century at the end of the crusade against the cathars. It is now an UNESCO listed monument together with the other monuments of the French ways to Santiago de Compostela.
Notre Dame du Bourg Church
Notre Dame du Bourg Church

Sainte Cecile Cathedral Nativity Scene
Sainte Cecile Cathedral Nativity Scene

Sainte Cecile Cathedral of Albi is the biggest brick built structure of the world. It is also a UNESCO monument. For more information about the cathedral and its renowned mural paintings click here
Sainte Cecile Cathedral Alb
Sainte Cecile Cathedral Albi

For the end of the year the outside walls of the Cathedral of Albi were the scene of a lights and music show for the enjoyment of both adults and children.

Sainte Cecile Cathedral of Albi
Sainte Cecile Cathedral of Albi

Sainte Cecile Cathedral of Albi
Sainte Cecile Cathedral of Albi
Sainte Cecile Cathedral of Albi
Sainte Cecile Cathedral of Albi
Sainte Cecile Cathedral of Albi
Sainte Cecile Cathedral of Albi
Sainte Cecile Cathedral of Albi
Sainte Cecile Cathedral of Albi
Sainte Cecile Cathedral of Albi
Sainte Cecile Cathedral of Albi
Sainte Cecile Cathedral of Albi
Sainte Cecile Cathedral of Albi
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