The Church of St. Catherine, Bethlehem
(4.4/5 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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  • The Church Sainte-Catherine is the only part of your visit to the Basilica and the cave of the Nativity, which is completely restored.
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  • Another of the numerous churches to be visited in Jerusalem. Very beautiful and with historical data is important.
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  • We visited the church of st Catherine during the evening, it was a nice time to visit with not many people in the church. It was enlightening and peaceful visit.