The St. Francis Nativity


The St. Francis Nativity was created in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, who, according to St. Bonaventure, created the very first nativity in a cavern near the village of Grecio in Umbria, Italy in 1223, after receiving permission to do so from Pope Honorious III.

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The St. Francis Nativity is our unique and intimate grotto design, typical of the hillsides in Umbria where St. Francis lived and preached.  Nestled on a solid cherry base, the all wood, highly detailed custom nativity includes the Holy Family with an angel above, the ox and ass, sheep, a shepherd with his dog, the three wisemen and a camel with attendant…all carved from Mountain Maple, hand painted in rich oil colors, and part of the Comet Collection from the studios of ULPE Wood Art in Val Gardena in the Italian Alps.  Also included, directly behind the Christ Child is St. Francis.  The Joseph figure is approximately 5” high.   

Glowing lighting is from 4 individually controlled LED lights. Overall freeform size is 27w x 18d x 15h

The St. Francis Nativity Expansion set includes 15 additional figures from the Comet Collection by ULPE Wood Art and can be added to your order.