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Church of the Nativity

Manger Square, Bethlehem
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Ranked #4 of 16 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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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 NEW

The Basilica in Bethlehem had been comissioned since 327 AD by Roman Emperor Constantine's mother Helena, but looked fine today and certainly with continuous maintenance of the area for viewing by pilgrims and visitors. The mosaic floor remains and the grotto under the church were the must-see spots inside the church during this visit. Not much people were there and... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

The inside is absolutely gorgeous, even though it was under construction it was amazing, very busy but definitely worth it.

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Herne, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

To see the historical place is a very great experience. We are very lucky, because they were quite less visitors this day and so we could stay a long time in the Church and we do not have a lot witing time.

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Stockholm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

We thought it a good idea to see both Bethlehem and the Nativity church and the Church of the Sepulchre on the same trip. It was also a chance to see on the ground the partition wall between the Palestine area and Israel. It is always good to get some sort of personal relation to this crucial area in present... More

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Bogota, Colombia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

Once you have arrived there you will feel something special, as a Catholic believer, you'll remember your religion classes when you were a child and feel the history of our religion

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Ardrossan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

There can be a bit of a wait and you don't get very long, but go very early in the morning there maybe a mass on but once thats over you may get to spend more time to appreciate it

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This is a beautiful church to visit, clearly showing where Jesus was born. Was there on christmas day so the place was crowded with tourists , non the less was a rewarding experience

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Kensington CAUSA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 via mobile

Just ahead is a stoplight. Turn left walk up the hill and go straight ahead. The walk then goes down and eventually there will be signs. Street is narrow, congested, with shops on both sides. When you get to the big square the entrance is through a small door on the left.

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Turin, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I think of myself as a atheist even though I was raised in a very catholic family. Besides that it was emotional for me to visit the Church of the Nativity. That tiny door that force you to bend you head in sign of respect are like a time machine. I don't know, it's not time or place to do... More

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Washington, the State
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

You'll have to tip toe around the restorations in progress right now. Some pilgrims are a bit aggressive trying to see the star; Also visit the monastery and the beautiful courtyard.

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