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Church of the Nativity

Manger Square, Bethlehem
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Ranked #3 of 15 attractions in Bethlehem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Owner description: Built over the Grotto of the Nativity by Constantine in 325 A.D., destroyed and rebuilt in the 6th century and renovated in the 11th century by the... more » Owner description: Built over the Grotto of the Nativity by Constantine in 325 A.D., destroyed and rebuilt in the 6th century and renovated in the 11th century by the crusaders, this is the oldest Church in the Holy Land that is still in use. « less
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95 reviews 95 reviews
44 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This historical Church is in Palestine therefore we needed to go through the checkpoints and change guides as our guide through Israel was Jewish. We felt this was bit intimidating especially the wall and reminded us of Belfast. We only had a few hours to visit Bethlehem Square and Church of the Nativity. There is no charge and it is... More

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Los Angeles
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I know what this is, and what it is supposed to be--but the structure re-construction and the crowds made it hard to absorb the significance of this place. The multiple shrines to different divisions in the church distracts the visitor from the main point. The Nativity Cave is interesting, but there are so many shrines here that it is distracting.

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Antrim, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Pretty church, although under-going considerable renovations at the moment. Go with a guide or a local who will explain the various sections. Usually queues.

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Gniezno, Poland
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8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The architecture of this place is very hard to define - everything seems to be... non-indescribable! For me, a roman-catholic, was hard to feel comfortable in this orthodox teple. The Nativity Cave - very touching..

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Brentwood, England, United Kingdom
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is a massive church which encompasses more than one religion. The mosaic underfloor is beautiful but the must see section is the underground grotto. Although cramped and very busy - you have to queue - it is worth persevering to see what is considered the site of Jesus's birth and the site of the manager. A site of special... More

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Athens
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5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The Birthplace of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ. Venerate the exact spot of His birth according to the flesh. A shrine you will never forget!

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Mumbai
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Perhaps, the oldest church still around, it is a lovely place to visit, so full of history right from the time it was commissioned to be built in AD327. It has undergone several renovations and upheavals, yet retains great serenity. The alter is ornate, there are several interesting icons and remains of the original mosaic floor. The main feature is... More

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Bentonville, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

If you are in Bethlehem, don't miss seeing this. It gets crowded, but for obvious reasons. I went in May and the church was undergoing some renovation

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Cebu Island, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

This is the most visited and holiest site in Bethlehem, Palestine State. As I enter the door of humility on the side, my heart fell because it is wanting of much needed restoration . I first visited in 2000 and I was amazed with its interior. The square is still attractive with the giant tree as it was almost advent... More

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Essex uk and Jordan
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Beautiful church of course. Got there very early but no tourist so able to walk all over. A must to see and really loved it

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