Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

Make a pilgrimage to Church of the Nativity along with the many visitors to this World Heritage Site and Christian holy site that's believed to stand over the cave where Jesus Christ was born. The emperor Constantine originally built this church in the 4th century CE. Some elements of his original temple, like the pink columns of polished limestone, remain, though most of the church as it stands today originated in the Justinian reconstruction of the 6th century. Whiles there, walk through the door of humility, small enough to force everyone to dismount their horses upon entry, and down the steps to the grotto where believers say Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ. To visit Church of the Nativity on your trip to Bethlehem, use our Bethlehem road trip site.
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  • Expect to wait in line to get down to the area where the "manager" area supposed birth place of Jesus. Like the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, more than one Christian denomination share ownership. It....  more »
  • We came as pilgrims and amateur photographers to the Church and both were positive experiences. My focus here is on tips for taking pictures. First, be respectful, for it is a holy site for...  more »
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  • A truly holy place. Still undergoing restoration. A moving place to visit. You will enjoy it more if you visit it as a pilgrimage group with an official guide. The queues are long(2 hours minimum). But you should visit it at least once in your lifetime
  • A gorgeous church which makes you feel like you're going back in time. The manger below is also remarkable and filled with history. Highly recommend.

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