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Santons Grignan Collegiale

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    1/13. Central backround part of the Grignan collegiale creche

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    2/13. The right two-thirds of the Grignan collegiale creche, with spectators to give scale

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    3/13. Central area of the Grignan collegiale creche

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    4/13. Grignan castle at night, Grignan collegiale creche

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    5/13. Grignan castle zoomes, top of the Grignan collegiale creche

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    6/13. Grignan castle morning light, Grignan collegiale creche

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    7/13. The old mill and fishermen, left side of the Grignan collegiale creche

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    8/13. Activity below the village in the Grignan collegiale creche

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    9/13. Detail with petanque players, Grignan collegiale creche

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    10/13. More busy village folk inhabiting the Grignan collegiale creche

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    11/13. Village people and tradesmen active in the Grignan collegiale creche

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    12/13. Sheep heading into the hills of the Grignan collegiale creche

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    13/13. Shepherds and a borie in the hills of the Grignan collegiale creche

This large creche scene is located in the Collegiale church in the center of Grignan village. A coin-operated timer (2€) switches on the scenery lights and automation movement for a few minutes. That's not expensive, and the visitors jostle to pay whenever the lights stop, in a feeling of joint participation.
 
This Provencal creche is a very good replica of the village of Grignan itself, dominated by the Chateau de Grignan at the top. The lights/automation sequence the passage of a Provencal day, from early morning with rising sun and across to the night when the chateau and house lights come on.

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