Route to visit nativity scenes through the center of Madrid at Christmas 2018-2019


Bethlehem of the Carboneras Convent in Madrid

One of the tourist activities more traditional in Madrid during the Christmas season is to take a tour of some of the nativity scenes which institutions and churches install on the occasion of these holidays.

Then I will propose a route to visit 6 nativity scenes in Madrid, during a walk through the historic city center in the Christmas 2018- 2019.

This route will take you about three hours, with free pass to the nativity scenes exhibitions.

Belén de Sol installed by the Community of Madrid

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Neapolitan Bethlehem of the Royal Palace

You can start the route by visiting the Neapolitan Nativity Scene of the Royal Palace of Madrid, which has its origin in the nativity scene that the king Carlos III He started collecting for his son.

The collection known as Prince's Bethlehem It has been completed in the 21st century, consisting of more than 200 Neapolitan figures and houses.

The nativity scene of Madrid's royal palace It is open from December 6 to January 7, 2019, with schedules from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last access at 5 p.m.) and free admission.

Belén del Convento Las Jerónimas Carboneras in Madrid

Bethlehem of the Carboneras Convent

On the way to Sol, behind the Villa Square, specifically in the square of the Count of Miranda 3, you can visit the traditional Bethlehem of the Carboneras.

This is how the Convent of the Jerónimas Nuns located in that corner of Madrid.

In its usual location in a lattice room, it shows us a Mystery and one Kings Paradewith beautiful Baroque figures from Quito made by Antonio José Martínez.

Although very small, I consider it one of the most beautiful nativity scenes you can see in Madrid.

It is open from the beginning of December until January 8, with Visiting schedule from 8.30 to 13 hours and from 16.30 and 19 hours.

On Sundays and holidays it opens at 9.30 am

Bethlehem of San Ginés in Madrid

Bethlehem of the church of San Ginés

In the near church of San Ginés (Arenal street 13) you find a totally different nativity scene.

It's about a Baroque mystery with life-size dressing figures, of Antonio José Martínez Rodríguez.

I tell you that because of its presentation and lighting, it is a very attractive nativity scene to visit.

He Bethlehem of the church of San Ginés It can be visited from mid-December to Sunday, January 6, with schedules from 9 to 13 hours in the morning, and from 18 to 21 hours in the afternoon.

On Sundays and holidays in the morning it opens from 10 am to 2 pm, keeping the same schedule in the afternoon as the rest of the days of the week.

Belén de Sol installed by the Community of Madrid

Bethlehem of the Community of Madrid at the Puerta del Sol

It is time to visit the traditionalBethlehem of the Puerta del Sol of Madrid installed by the Madrid's community.

This nativity scene is surely open to the public on December 10 and you can visit it until January 5, with schedules from 10 to 21 hours, although it is advisable to go first thing in the morning to avoid queues.

He Bethlehem of the Community of Madrid you find it in the Royal Post Office of the Puerta del Sol, with entrance on the side of the building of the Post Street.

With more than 500 figures, it is traditionally made by the Association of Belenistas of Madrid, and each year has a special theme.

Bethlehem of the Madrid History Museum

On the way to the Gran Via to the Alcala street you can divert to get toMadrid History Museum on the street Fuencarral 78.

In this museum of free access last year you could see aNeapolitan nativity scene of the eighteenth century that may also be installed this year (in the absence of confirmation).

The nativity scene is made up of 50 articulated figures, and you can do it visit for free from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., the museum being closed on Mondays.

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Bethlehem of Jesus of Medinaceli in Madrid

Bethlehem of the church-Basilica of Jesus of Medinaceli

In this route by nativity scenes in Madrid, now you can resume the road to Sun Gate and for the Saint Jerome's career down to the courts.

From there you go to the nearby Jesus square, until you reach the Basilica of Jesus de Medinaceli church.

He Bethlehem of the church of Jesus de Medinaceli is a Baroque mystery with life-size dressing figures.

An adjoining chapel shows a Birth popular.

Open from mid-December to January 6, the Visiting schedule they are, from Monday to Thursday, from 7 to 13.30 hours and 17 to 21 hours; Friday, from 6.30 to 23 hours; and Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 8.30 to 13.30 hours, and from 17 to 21 hours. 

Bethlehem of the Madrid City Council

Bethlehem City Hall in Cibeles Palace

You can now complete the route by visiting the Bethlehem of the Madrid City Council at its headquarters Cibeles Palace.

As is traditional it is a popular nativity scene with about 250 figures of the belenista José Luis Mayo. and mounted by the Association of Belenistas of Madrid.

The Visiting schedule they are every day from 10 am to 8 pm, except on December 24, 25 and 31 and January 5, which closes at 2 pm; January 1 is closed.