Gubbio Christmas Tree

Built on the slopes of Mount Ingino, above the medieval town of Gubbio, the tree consists of lighting fixtures of various kinds so as to make a very special, unique color effect: over 250 green lights outline the shape of a Christmas tree over 650 meters hight, with over 300 multicolored lights scattered in the central body and at the top a star about 1,000 square meters wide, made over 200 points of light.
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Gubbio Christmas Tree
In 1991 the Gubbio Christmas Tree entered the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest in the world. Tens of thousands of people come every year in Gubbio during the Christmas period just to admire the tree. The tree is made every year by a group of volunteer "Alberalioli", in the name of love, brotherhood and friendship, in devotion to St. Ubaldo, the patron of Gubbio.

Pope Francis turns the lights on

On 8 December 2014 Pope Francis sent at 18.30 a web signal that lit the Gubbio Christmas tree, the largest in the world, designed with lights on Mount Ingino, and which will remain lit until the evening of January 6. Listen to the words of the Pope in the video message with which he greeted the people of Gubbio:

"We want that the light of Christ is in us. A Christmas without light is not Christmas. May there be light in the soul, in the heart; may there be forgiveness to others; may there be no enmities, which are darkness. May there be the light of Jesus, so beautiful. This I wish for all of you. Thank you very much for your gift, it is beautiful. Also I give to you my warmest wishes, of peace and happiness.

If you have something dark in your soul, ask the Lord for forgiveness. It's a great opportunity, this of Christmas, to make your soul clean, ins't it? Do you not fear, a priest is merciful, he forgives everybody in the name of God, because God forgives everything. May the light be in your hearts, in your families, in your cities. And now, with this wish, let's turn on the light.

Bless God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Merry Christmas and pray for me."
(From Vatican Radio)

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