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Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

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Historic Site
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. A visit to Church of the Nativity represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Bethlehem vacation trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Visited the church of the nativity one evening after working all day in Bethlehem. The church was under some renovations so all the wall were draped off. Otherwise it was still a beautiful place and I...  more »
  • There is no other place like it in the world. A very sacred place. Like many places, get there early to avoid the crowds and heat. Go underground to see the many layers of the church.  more »
  • I went to visit Bethlehem on a research trip working with Bethlehem University. My visit to the historic sites in Palestine was fantastic, and I owe much of that to my guide and taxi driver Al'a. I me...  more »
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  • 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..
  • Magical mystery tour is guaranteed to anyone who enters here. Like travel back in time to the birth of Christ.
  • 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.