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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  • Don't be afraid to visit this area. Tourists are welcomed and we felt very safe. You do have to pass through the new border wall from Israel into the Palestinian Territories. We were part of a tour so...  more »
  • The Nativity church is super nice, you can feel a special vibe around it. Unfortunately, i have been there while they were renewing it so i could not appreciate it fully. The queue is worth it.  more »
  • The Nativity Church in Bethlehem was built in the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Inside the church there is a 鑲 of 14-horned silver altar, and a Latin hic De virgine Maria Jesus Christus Est on the ground. It means "This is the land of Jesus Christ of the mother of Mary."
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  • You'll find this church not far outside the center of Bethlehem. One of the oldest in the world and of obvious significance for Christians. Unfortunately it seems to be under constant renovation, which is sad really. Still enough to see so worth the visit. Be sure to also check out nearby restaurants overlooking the church square.
  • Most powerful place. The birthplace of Jesus. When I visit here the day before the Jew Palm Sunday, they were working and decorating the church with palms , very emotional.
  • The ratings of such holy places are highly subjective. It totally depends on your previous expectations and the reality check. If you are looking for a beautiful, truly historic, original place: you are probably wrong here. You will find more spirituality in every second church back home than here. If you simply want to tell your folks back home that you have been here: this is the place to go.
  • This is one of the site when Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Located in the middle of the town, easy to access. And really sacred. I hope people knew, they were visiting a holy place and they should behave there.
  • Powerfully sacred shrine. There was alot of construction and scaffolding in place during my visit September 2017. Incredibly long lines be prepared to spend two to three hours waiting, if your tour only allows one hour, may not get in! And if that's the case, do NOT let your tour leader stop for souvenirs before you stop at the church, otherwise they'll tell you they don't have time to wait for the line and you won't get in. The souvenir stop is important to the tour leaders because they get kickbacks, so tell them AFTER you get in to see the shrine.
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