The Church of St. Catherine, Bethlehem

4.4
#2 of 10 in Historic Sites in Bethlehem
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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  • The church is nice but not enough to make a detour. As you must cross it to go to Saint Jerome’s Cave you can take some minutes to look at St. Catherine’s Church. Enjoy!  more »
  • We were extremely lucky to have an opportunity to see this church on 3/3/2020 before Covid-19 virus contagion exploded worldwide and tourism got shut down. This Roman Catholic Church is adjacent to...  more »

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