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Subject: [OM] Nathan's PAD 17/12/2021: inside Alicante's town hall
From: Nathan Wajsman <photo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2021 07:18:29 +0100
This is my response to the “Is anybody there” thread on the LUG. I am very much 
here, working, cycling and taking pictures every day.

The other day I was walking around in the centre to look at the Christmas 
lights, and found myself outside Alicante's town hall. The door was open and 
people were going in to have a look at something, so I did as well. And what I 
saw was a nice nativity scene display in the main lobby, with the figures made 
by local artists—this is very much a thing here, as evidenced by the poster of 
the association of “belenistas” (belén means nativity scene):

The central detail:

And a delightful bonus. At the bottom of the grand staircase the leads to the 
ceremonial rooms there is a sculpture of St. John the Baptist, made by Salvador 

For readers in the US: you may be surprised at such religious symbols in a town 
hall. Spain does not have the kind of sharp legal separation of Church and 
state as does the US, so a nativity scene in a public building is fine. In 
practice though, religion intrudes much less on public life in this country 
than it does in the US.


Nathan Wajsman



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