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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  • This Catholic Church is part of Sanctuary Bethlehem, located in the northern part adjacent to the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. From this church you can entrance to the north part of the Grot...  more »
  • Peaceful place somewhat ruined by the noise of large disrespectful tourists shepherded by money grabbing tour companies that have zero respect for the Church or other visitors. It's a place for reflec...  more »
  • Simple, but beautiful church. Every day at 5:50, a Catholic worship takes place. Held in different languages. Depending on the available clerics. For me, it was in English and the pastor came though in this church, but is then in the Grotto where Jesus was born.
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