Room at the pub?

Surprising and wonderfully realistic nativity scene mural painted on the wall of a pub in England leaves patrons in awe:

Room at the inn? Extraordinarily realistic Nativity mural painted on pub wall

From the Daily Mail (UK)

It is the time of year when customers at the Blisland Inn can generally be forgiven for thinking they are seeing things.

That wall, for instance, which has always seemed so solid with its feature barometers and real ale adverts and the old picture of the village football team. Suddenly, like the legs of one who has had one too many, the wall does not seem so sturdy as before. Thick stone pillars form a solid archway and the rough-hewn oak door opens to the sort of Nativity scene that has mesmerised people for more than 2,000 years.

There is Mary, cradling the baby Jesus in her arms, while Joseph, three wise men and a shepherd pay dutiful homage. The scene is so realistic that one regular at the Bodmin Moor pub in Cornwall remarked, before taking a drink, this week: ‘I have been coming here for 40 years and I never realized that door was there before.’

Which it hasn’t been. For while some rely on humdrum tableaux of the Nativity this Christmas, the Blisland Inn is basking in the glory of a trompe d’oeil – a 3-D mural which makes it seem the pub has really grown an extra room – the stable where Jesus was born.

Check out the images HERE

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