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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  • This is a lovely church with a nice garden. The statue of St Jerome is in the garden. He was a brilliant linguist who translated the Bible into Latin, the common language of the time. His message was ...  more »
  • Located next to the Nativity Basilica in Bethlehem, this is also a world heritage site.Built in honour of Saint Catherine of Alexandria,it is here that the Patriarch of Jerusalem conducts the midnight...  more »
  • Beautifiul Church and Grottos underneath. Worth a visit as part of a visit to the Church of the Nativity.  more »
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