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Church of the Nativity

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Address: Manger Square, Bethlehem
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Built over the Grotto of the Nativity by Constantine in 325 A.D., destroyed...

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.

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One of the places where you were in Bethlehem is a must see. A place where intertwine religion and history.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Riga
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of the places where you were in Bethlehem is a must see. A place where intertwine religion and history.

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Mill Creek, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Positively breath taking, we were able to get in and take our time looking around with our group. Loved it.

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Thank Debotx2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I really don't know how to feel about my visit here. It was great seeing the place where my Lord and Savior was born. However, there were so many props around the location that it was hard to visualize the moment. It was a little weird for me. Everyone should probably go at least once, but anything more would be... More 

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Thank amars662
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was an interesting visit. Did not realize they had built a church on top of place where Jesus was born. They were in the process of renovating the place. Spent about thirty minutes there. When I first got there was looking for a manger. Guess that was kinda naive of me.

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Rialto, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the oldest churches in the Holy Land (if not the oldest), not destroyed as all the others were by the Persians in 614. The entire interior is hidden by scaffolding at this time for renovations (and probably much needed). But the highlight is, of course, the traditional site of the birth of Christ. Fortunately there were few others... More 

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Thank 104stevenp
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Little tricky to get there without a pre-booked tour. We've travelled with a local friend. Most powerful place. Anyone who believes and wants to experience compassion and pure love should visit this place. I feel blessed to have spent few hours in this place! Deeply spiritual, transforming place.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a beautiful church! The decoration was stunning and it is well worth having a look underground at the relics and historical pieces! Unfortunately, the place where Christ was supposedly born has been a little ruined by all the finery around it! It just makes it harder to connect the place with Jesus when he was supposed to have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For Believers: the Son of God made man in Bethlehem - how can you miss place if you are in Israel? The Church of the Nativity is one of the most sacred Christian sites in the world.

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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth to visit, stay for a service, and especially go underground into smaller prayer rooms which remind of the first followers of Yeshua. Possibly a lot of tourists lining up to touch the spot where it is said He was born in flesh. The place is easy to navigate in, so in case you wish to pay for (un)official guide,... More 

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Hingham, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The church is so beautifully overwhelming and then we you get inside the beauty of the three Christian sects is very spiritual because of all the gold icons. There is always a celebration and some sort of singing or chanting going on. The wait to go lower into the historical manger/cave section is pretty quick but a little confusing once... More 

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