The moving nativity scene in Bardo Śląskie
Although according to liturgy, the Christmas period ends on the day of the Baptism of the Lord, in Polish tradition singing Christmas carols lasts all the way until February 2nd. This is a special time, when pilgrims and tourists visit the sanctuary in Bardo Śląskie to see the famous moving nativity scene. It is one of the larger panoramic moving nativity scenes in Poland. It can be admired all year long, but during the Christmas time it is especially visites by a lot of people.
This attraction is associated with an ancient tradition. Long ago, Bardo already had its nativity scene, which was located by the road to the Mountain Chapel, but it was destroyed. The current nativity scene was built to commemorate the 700th anniversary of pilgrimaging to Bardo. (1270-1970)
Everything that happens around the central character – which is of course, Jesus Christ – is an attempt to recreate everyday life. Tourists should also pay attention to the fellowship of famous characters, especially the Polish kings. You can also see the character of st. John Paul II, as well as cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, who used to visit Bardo.
Earlier, in the place where you can currently observe the moving nativity scene, there was a burial crypt for monks.
The moving nativity scene can be visited on regular days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Between November and late March from 9. a.m. to 4 p.m.) as well as on Sundays and holidays from 10:30 a.m. and
Bardo is often called „The Gate to the Kłodzko Valley” and mostly known for its Metropolitan Sanctuary of the Mother of God Defender of the Sacred Faith, where for centuries the pilgrimage movement was developing.