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Christmas 2002
Slovak Nativity Scene from Rajecká Lesná
(detail ofthe group of plastic arts, author Jozef Pekara, wood, 1995- 2000)
Catalogue Number:  276
Graphic lay-out Kamila Štanclová using the plastic art of J. Pekara
Stamp Engraving:  Arnold Feke
Date of Issue:  November 8, 2002
Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic
Print Technology:  Rotary recess printing combined with recess printing
Size of Impression:  23.0 mm x 30.0 mm
Print Run:  5,000,000
FDC Motif:  Kamila Štanclová using the plastic art of J. Pekara
FDC Engraving: Arnold Feke
Cancellation Design:  Kamila Štanclová
FDC Printing:  TAB, s.r.o., Bratislava
FDC Print Technology:  Recess printing from flat plates
FDC Print Run:  6,000

Rajecká Lesná (known as Frewald before 1948) - the village located 5 km southeast of Rajec in the valley of Malá Fatra Mountains - is a place, where the Slovak Nativity Scene, a large group of plastic arts, masterpiece of Jozef Pekara, carver from Rajecké Teplice, is situated.
Next to the parish church of Mary's birth in the centre of this well known pilgrimage place a House of Nativity was built. The Slovak Nativity Scene was open to the public in this specially build house. Nitra's H. E. Cardinal Jan Chryzostom Korec celebrated the Holy Mass and blessed the Nativity Scene on November 26, 1995.
Jozef Pekara worked on this piece of art for 15 years and supposed to work another 5 years to finish the project in planned dimensions 8,5x3x2 meters. Around the central motif of Nativity Scene's manger is arranged the whole Slovakia, pictured in its characteristic dominants, architectonic monuments, and its working inhabitants.

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