Shepherd's Sanctuary, Beit Sahour

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At Shepherd's Sanctuary, see the place where, according to the biblical story, the famous shepherds heard about the birth of baby Jesus. Located in the hills that overlook the city of Bethlehem, the building and the whole site serve as an oasis of calm away from the crowds below. Admire the charming garden around the chapel, then head inside to see a model of the shepherds playing their famous role two thousand years ago; you’ll find yourself in a room whose walls are covered in painted nativity scenes. You can also visit the small church on site to pay your respects. A visit to Shepherd's Sanctuary represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Beit Sahour trip itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Perhaps I went at a slow time for tourists, but it seemed the place was too quiet. Later on, a couple of tourist groups came in and they were led around the site by their tour guide. The spot is sceni...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    As with the Church of the Nativity, it is unsurprisingly packed at Christmas but not so when I visited at Easter. Bear in mind this is the Catholic Shepherd's fields, the Orthodox one is elsewhere. It...  more »
  • July 5, 2017
    If you don't mind crossing through a huge, armed, solid wall into Bethlehem, take an afternoon to visit Shepherds' Field. It is not overly built, so you get a good idea what it may have been like to b...  more »

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