Blessings Gift Shop and The Olive Wood Factory, Bethlehem

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Browse a seemingly endless selection of ornately carved keepsakes and see how they are made at Blessings Gift Shop and The Olive Wood Factory. A licensed olive wood factory established in 1925, the site is run by the Giacaman family, now in its third generation. An intricate wooden nativity scene and friendly member of staff will greet you as you enter; take your time to pore over the hundreds of handcrafted objects, from crosses to carved animals--all fitting souvenirs of your trip to Bethlehem. Next door, see the skilled carpenters at work, while the olive wood naturally dries. Plan to see Blessings Gift Shop and The Olive Wood Factory and other attractions that appeal to you using our Bethlehem tour itinerary site .
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  • We walked into the store by accident so we met Jose, the owner, very nice and yummy! Gave us much information on Bethlehem and the legwork to visit the surroundings, without wanting anything in return. We also visited the factory where the wood is carved and worked to create products that are then sold in the store. A great experience and a great place to buy souvenirs of excellent workmanship, high quality, hand made olive wood really really, really in Bethlehem and at a fair price! We were afraid to stumble into a tourist trap and instead we cannot thank Jose for everything ... I recommend a stop here!!!
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  • The store is one of the best to meet local crafts, with a huge variety of products. Beautiful view of the city.
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  • We went in the shop to buy some small souvenirs, and... our journey started. Firstly, Bassem (the owner) asked us if we already seen aerial view of Bethlehem from rooftop of the shop- as we didn't tha...  more »

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The main tourist traffic in Bethlehem consists of tour groups arriving from Jerusalem, getting a hectic tour of the town, and leaving. But Bethlehem's tangled streets house a number of accommodations worth checking out if you want to extend your stay beyond a brief look around. Located here, there, and everywhere, the hotels in town blend in with the rest of the buildings, so you should certainly plan ahead to make sure you know exactly where yours is. A couple of luxury choices have ornamental interiors, fine-dining restaurants, and pools, while standard hotels and guesthouses abound, along with a few backpacker hostels.
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