The Church of St. Catherine, Bethlehem
(4.3/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
A Franciscan monastery and parish church for Bethlehem's Catholics, The Church of St. Catherine sits atop an underground maze of Crusader caves. The Gothic Revival church has evolved from a small 14th-century convent and makes up a World Heritage Site together with the neighboring 6th-century church and Christian pilgrimage route. Enter through the preserved Crusader arches into the basilica, noting the nativity scenes depicted in the surrounding stained glass windows. Descend a narrow stairway to glimpse the underground system of ancient tombs, Augustinian monastery, and Crusader chapel. The church is famed for holding Bethlehem's annual televised Christmas Eve midnight mass. The Church of St. Catherine is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Bethlehem Edition.
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  • Inspired by a visit to the Church of the Nativity, possibly visiting this Cathedral not so memorable. But somehow it all seems logical, everything is connected and you go for a guided, as in hypnosis.
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  • Apart from the impressive cloister that precedes the Church does not have any special attraction.
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  • We attended mass in this church with priests. It was exciting. It is spacious, has good lighting and in front of its main entrance has a beautiful and pleasant garden. It is located next to the Church of the Nativity. People there can feel a certain lightness when they enter in this church the spaces have different atmosphere.
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