The Church of St. Catherine, Bethlehem

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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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  • Bethlehem is filled with many churches and this one is a good one to visit and contemplation. Located on the other side of the Basilica of the Nativity.  more »
  • For pilgrims the church feels like the best place to calm down and pray. The church is usually full with locals attending masses which make the place a special one.  more »
  • This is the other side of the church of nativity but both are VASTLY different. This church is beautiful inside and below. The courtyard is also well done.  more »