The giant crib of Vila Real de Santo António returns to the records and in 2018, it goes to the mark of the 5 thousand figures, returning to present many new features in its 16th edition.
Declaring itself "one of the largest cribs in the country and the largest in the Algarve", its construction incorporates more than 20 tons of sand, 4 tons of stone powder and 2,500 kilos of cork.
The crib, which will be at the António Aleixo Cultural Center, will be inaugurated on Friday, 30, at 6:30 p.m.
To surprise the thousands of visitors, the structure again presents new parts and bet on the introduction of led lighting and sound animation systems. The rebuilding of many Christian and pagan episodes associated with the Christmas season are other attractions.
To give life to this crib with 220 square meters it took more than 40 days and 2500 hours of work.
The preparations began almost a year ago, with the construction of hundreds of figures and props, all done in the premises of the autarchy.
Added to this extensive list is a giant support base where the technical area is located, which allows, for example, the functioning of the lakes, the lighting of the houses and the scenic effects.
"One of the reasons for the success of the VRSA giant crib is also in the reliefs, scenarios and mechanical figures that give it life, factors that distinguish it from all others in the country," says the local authority.
The work has the signature of Augusto Rosa and Teresa Marques, two autarchic employees who counted on the collaboration of Joaquim Soares, João Gomes and many other volunteers who joined the project.
Over the years, the giant crib has gained notoriety both inside and outside the country.
Besides being one of the most charismatic events of the holiday season in the Algarve, it is already an international reference, to be evaluated by the number of Spanish, Dutch, German, French and British visitors.
The crib can be observed at Centro Cultural António Aleixo, between December 1 and January 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.