While the city of Alicante, Spain, has just set the record for the largest Nativity scene ever recorded, the smallest is still holding strong. Known as the “Nano Holy Family,” the smallest Nativity scene was created in 2017 and it can fit inside the eye of a needle.
The Sun reports that the microscopic model was produced by scientists at Vilnius University, with funding from the Lithuanian government. The incredibly small sculptures are a replica of the Nativity scene at Cathedral Square in Vilnius, Lithuania. The resulting work of art is estimated to be 10,000 times smaller than the original, which was life-sized. The work took 30 experts three months to complete.
The feat was accomplished through the use of 3-D printing, and is not visible to the naked eye. A 2017 report from USA Today explains that the Lithuanian Nativity scene had to be digitally scanned in order for experts to shrink its proportions. In photos, the Nativity scene was painstakingly placed on a needle’s eye for reference. It is also said to be able to fit on the span of a human eyelash.