The Třebechovice Nativity Scene by Probošt 

ranks among the most valuable movable 

national cultural monuments of the Czech 

Republic. The all-wooden nativity scene was 

being built for more than 40 years starting 

in 1885 and as a mechanical handicraft 

organism it is unparalleled in the European 

context. It is unique not only thanks to its size 

and craftsmanship, but mainly thanks to its 

spiritual importance. It is a work of a deep 

believer who conceived his work of art as 

an altar, masterfully using all the available 

features of folk art and traditional way of 

portraying the nativity scene. His choice of 

pure woodcarving and maintaining unity of 

material, including the entire mechanism made 

of wood, are unique as such.

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