The Church of St. Catherine, Bethlehem

(4.2/5 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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  • I was able to get a ticket to the Midnight Mass at Christmas 2014. Tickets need to be obtained well in advance, and one needs to get to the church a couple of hours early. The Nativity Church is next ...  more »
  • A Church located adjacent to the Church of Nativity. Managed to go in for a very brief glimpse before being kicked out at 5pm. Apparently this Church is famous for holding Mass on Christmas Eve. Aside...  more »
  • This is a nice Church tied to the Church of the nativity. Other than the history of the church there was nothing special about the church.