Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

Make a pilgrimage to Church of the Nativity along with the many visitors to this World Heritage Site and Christian holy site that's believed to stand over the cave where Jesus Christ was born. The emperor Constantine originally built this church in the 4th century CE. Some elements of his original temple, like the pink columns of polished limestone, remain, though most of the church as it stands today originated in the Justinian reconstruction of the 6th century. Whiles there, walk through the door of humility, small enough to force everyone to dismount their horses upon entry, and down the steps to the grotto where believers say Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ. To visit Church of the Nativity on your trip to Bethlehem, use our Bethlehem road trip site .
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  • This was my third time visiting the Birthplace of Jesus Christ! OHHHHH, every time is becoming more and more intense. I must tell you, the presence of God inside the Church is overwhelming. What you e...  more »
  • It is a great pleasure to visit the site where the Lord Jesus was born once again. It is a remembrance of the choice He made to save the world. We must not let the opportunity pass us bye. His coming ...  more »
  • For a Christian is a special place, although visited by hundreds of people, it is very unique. A great place in its simplicity and without the glamour. Stable Earth.
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  • The Nativity Church marks the place where the greatest event happened in the history- the birth of Lord Jesus Christ. Every year thousands of pilgrims visit the site to honor this glorious event. The first church was built in the 4th century, but later destroyed by Samaritans revolts. What we see today of the church is accumulation of different periods through history, the oldest parts is from Emperor Justinian's times. This is definitely the ultimate pilgrim's destination, must visit!
  • Praise the lord. It is marvelous. If God gave opportunity to see the holy places for us then we will visit.
  • Very crowded when we were there - Queued for almost 1h just to get to basement to see that exact birth cave. The whole church is also under renewal so not so nice to see
  • Birth place of Jesus , the church is being renovated a the moment, the star of Bethlehem is in a cave at the bottom of the altar, you have to stoop down to enter inside. It is crowded and you end up getting pushed..
  • Interesting to see the place of Jesus's birth. I'm not much on the glitz in the church building, but some of the mosaics (even the floor hidden under the floor) were intriguing. Doorways are short, so you have to stoop (humble yourself) to enter.

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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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