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. Make The Church of St. Catherine part of your personalized Bethlehem itinerary using our Bethlehem trip planning app .
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  • Beautiful church inside very peaceful and time to walk around and take it all in not too crowded and you felt at ease walking around No queing was lovely  more »
  • Beautiful buildings peo star is the faith of the people who attend, regardless of their nationality and even their creed
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  • Next to the church of the nativity, Catholic Church. Looks from the outside better than indoor. Were just in there because just a baptism took place. The Orthodox Church next door e impressed us more.
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The main tourist traffic in Bethlehem consists of tour groups arriving from Jerusalem, getting a hectic tour of the town, and leaving. But Bethlehem's tangled streets house a number of accommodations worth checking out if you want to extend your stay beyond a brief look around. Located here, there, and everywhere, the hotels in town blend in with the rest of the buildings, so you should certainly plan ahead to make sure you know exactly where yours is. A couple of luxury choices have ornamental interiors, fine-dining restaurants, and pools, while standard hotels and guesthouses abound, along with a few backpacker hostels.
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