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Church of the Nativity

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Address: Manger Square, Bethlehem
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Description: Built over the Grotto of the Nativity by Constantine in 325 A.D...
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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You can see Church of the Nativity and many other sites in Bethlehem very easily and cheaply. The tour companies and taxi drivers at the checkpoint and bus stop will try to play... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

You can see Church of the Nativity and many other sites in Bethlehem very easily and cheaply. The tour companies and taxi drivers at the checkpoint and bus stop will try to play on your fears but don't listen to them. There is a huge racket going on in Bethlehem where tour bus guides and taxi drivers are paid off... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

This is a very beautiful building in the heart of Bethlehem. I couldn't believe the segregation for the different sects of Christians and I'm not sure it works. There is a very lengthy queue down the stairs where a Mass was being held and this is where there is a star on the floor that people believe marks the actual... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Unfortunately renovation work was in process. Ceiling and sides of the church were mostly hidden but the famous birth place available

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Telford, Shropshire, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Visited in 2000 'off season' when the church was empty. So much better; not being pushed and hassled. A place for peace and contemplation

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I visited because it's the site that people claim Jesus was born and that alone puts you at awe. All the additional history around this church is a bonus. The church is beautiful in it's own way because of it's age and it's story. The lines will be long so please keep it in mind. There has been a long... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Beautiful church and worth waiting to get to see if it is busy, it was not that busy when we went there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

5 star because of what this place is. Can be very busy so recommend you get there very early as the queue can be very long for the Grotto and try to avoid the times when the cruise ships are in town as the passengers, 'tourists', can destroy the atmosphere of the Basilica.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

It was under renovation when we went but any Christian that travels to the Holy Land HAS to see this! Whether or not the birth really took place there, we stop to reflect on the birth there. Also visit the church which is attached which is much more serene and you can take time to sit and reflect there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Can be troubles to get to Bethlehem (we used a private guide but TA deleted my review as I included name, email and phone so my apologies ,look on your own - I tossed his card after filing the review so I do not have his contacts either anymore.) and the bus, etc. is not as easy as explained. We... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Find a quite corner in the church and reflect on where you are. It doesn't matter what you believe, reflect on what impact this spot has had on the world!

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Address: Manger Square, Bethlehem
Location: Middle East  >  Palestinian Territories  >  West Bank  >  Bethlehem

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