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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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Johnny led a Great Tour!

We were blessed to connect with Johnny Alyzteem, a local Christian, to lead our "skip the lines" Rome-style tour. Johnny was married here in the Greek Orthodox third, and we saw... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

We were blessed to connect with Johnny Alyzteem, a local Christian, to lead our "skip the lines" Rome-style tour. Johnny was married here in the Greek Orthodox third, and we saw a wedding party going in for a service in the Roman Catholic section!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

I'm really glad I visited this church. Who wouldn't be? It is Bethlehem after all, the cave where Jesus was born and as such 'a must see' place. Yet in terms of spine tingling moments it is still surpassed by the Garden of Gethsemane.

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Sao Jose Dos Campos, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Visiting this church is really a time with a lot of emotion. Usually it is full of people but it is a place really amazing. You must see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The Church of the Nativity is one of the most exquisite locations in the world. I was lucky enough to visit during Christmas which made it all the most incredible.

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Derry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Spent a few days in Bethlehem, located near the church, where we spent a lot of time. Well worth seeing and the Palestinian people could not be more accommodating. Just a shame that the israelis want to make it as difficult as possible to get in/out of Bethlehem, simply because it is on, like most of israel, Palestinian land.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We visited as part of a guided tour, picking up our Palestinian tour guide inside Bethlehem itself. The journey there is interesting as you see the huge dividing walls separating Palestine and Israel, and our guide told us some of the history of the conflicts in the area. We didn't experience any danger or discomfort there. The church is undergoing... More 

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McDonough, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We absolutely loved coming here! The church is beautiful and quite busy. So many people here to see where Jesus was born and where the manger was.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

It is difficult to discribe. Here, ar the spot where Christ supposedly was born, there is an atmosphere of war and commercial overkill like I never felt before. If it wasn't so sad it would be funny, however, my cousin and I guided our very old grandmother to her dreamdestination, she loved every minute and I don't think she saw... More 

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Accra
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Very busy! Quite disappointed by all the 'stuff' that's been built up and added to the whole birth of Christ story. It's become a real shrine for tourists. However, the history and tensions of all the various cultures in the area certainly makes for an interesting visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Though the Church of the Nativity was being renovated, we still enjoyed seeing the mosaics under the floor, and the cave area under the place where the sermons are given. The cave area was supposed to be where Jesus was born. Even if it wasn't on this exact site it was amazing to think of being in the general area... More 

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