President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President's Christmas gift to the Pope: a nano nativity scene


Friday, December 22, Vilnius – President Dalia Grybauskaitė forwarded a unique Christmas gift to Pope Francis – the world's smallest nativity scene created by Lithuanian researchers and students.

A ten thousand times smaller replica of the nativity scene displayed in Vilnius Cathedral Square has been already registered with the Guinness World Records. The newborn infant Jesus figure is smaller than a human cell.

“I feel very proud that our researchers and students have created the world's smallest nativity scene. And I am happy to offer this interesting and innovative gift to Pope Francis, whose visit to Lithuania is expected next year,” the President said.

The designers of the nano nativity scene are determined to promote Lithuania around the globe as a modern country of many gifted creators. High technologies and human talent can be used to advance not only medicine, IT, urban development, and design, but also for the joy of people. Lithuania is a leader in laser technologies: it exports lasers to more than 70 countries around the world.

The nativity figures displayed in Cathedral Square were first scanned and then printed with a 3D laser printer. They are visible only through a microscope. The nativity scene was developed by the creativity and innovation center LinkMenų Fabrikas at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University together with companies Femtika and Idea 3D. The project partners are Vilnius Archdiocese, Go Vilnius and Invest Lithuania.

Watch how the nano nativity scene was created

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2017.12.22 14:26