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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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Such a Wonderful Place I really like it a lot and I enjoyed a lont the spiritual things in it. It represent the Palestinian identity

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Such a Wonderful Place I really like it a lot and I enjoyed a lont the spiritual things in it. It represent the Palestinian identity

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

It is a great shame that much of the church is covered with scaffolding, would love to see it when the restorations are finished. The caves underneath are fascinating although we didn't queue to see the actual cave of the nativity as the tour guide said there wasn't enough tome.But looked through the hole in the door from the roman... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The surrounding neighbourhood we saw casinos, millions of coffee shops and even a Starbucks rip off, then you come to the church and your taken back in time. Smaller than I expected, darker too. Not being a Christian I was surprised how powerful the feeling you get walking around. Lots of things hidden around that make me want to re... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We visited Bethlehem in a rush as we were doing a day trip to Israel from Egypt. We were able to visit the Nativity Church with a fantastic tour guide who explained everything from a Historical point of view. To me, this is what really makes this valuable, is having a great tour guide who explains the importance of each... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Built over the cave where Jesus was supposed to have been born, this basilica was built and re-built several times. The shrines inside are maintained by three different groups of monasteries. With their separate rites and managements, the place is not very quiet, though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Oldest church site in the Israel/Palestine region - incredible site, people, and shopping for olive wood carvings nearby.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We were surprised that Bethleham was under Palestinian control, and our Israeli guide could not go into the city with us. This is the place where it is said that Mary gave birth to Jesus--pretty impressive place! Even though the church is being renovated, this spot is there and the same as many years ago. We saw the spot where... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

I was there today and was a bit disappointed with the renovations that are taking place the church is full of scaffolds and and the pillars are covered with wood planks however the cave itself the silver star of Bethlehem birthplace of Christ remains the same old and unique cave and the line of visitors waiting to enter is as... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I was a bit disappointed. There is an scaffolding all over the church so a better view is from outside. I did not go to the altar of the Nativity because there was a very long queue (I think a few tourist groups). There is a small display of mosaic.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

You can’t really visit Israel & not visit the Church of the Nativity. But all you see is a very small hole, which you can put your hand in, marking the spot, with some oil lamps around it. There is the supposed stable, though I doubt anything was left of the original. We were fortunate: on our arrival there was... More 

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