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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  • October 5, 2017
    Definitely worth to brings this holy place a visit. You can easily take public transport or with your rental car reach this place. Don't forget to bring your passport and wear covering clothes. Go ear...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Right now in the interior is in full restoration, but also you can visit without any problem. It's worth the time.
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  • October 3, 2017
    Although some works I could not check correctly what was there... the truth is that the local for its symbolic history is interesting of if, gurdando, in addition to the space of the other 'secrets' Nativity in various corners.
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  • July 12, 2017
    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!
  • May 23, 2017
    Praise the lord. It is marvelous. If God gave opportunity to see the holy places for us then we will visit.
  • May 15, 2017
    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
  • May 3, 2017
    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..
  • February 11, 2017
    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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