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Church of the Nativity

Address: Manger Square, Bethlehem
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Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Bethlehem
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Type: Religious sites, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Built over the Grotto of the Nativity by Constantine in 325 A.D...
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Type: Religious sites, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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.
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I am not a strong believer but did a day tour here with Bein Harim who are a fabulous tour company. Bethlehem itself is a world famous icon and holds many magical places. You can feel the wonderful and happy atmosphere in this Church and sort of gives recognition and 'answers' to all the stories you heard at school, it... More 

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Denville, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

The church is currently undergoing renovation and when it is done, it should prove to be an interesting interior. As with the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, it was St. Helena who chose the site for this church to be over the cave where Jesus is said to have been born. The church is important to 3 sects of Christianity... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Well when you are in this location in the world, you really cannot avoid not "doing" this sight. Somehow I ended up entering via the exit route, maybe because I was not on a tour group, which seem to make up the main tourist numbers, and thus I was able to wander about without hinderance, and somehow avoided the lengthy... More 

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Landskrona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

A lot of restrictions goes with entering the Church of the Nativity, that goes without saying, but once you are inside the church all this goes away. This church is very old and you can feel the magic in the walls of the building. Me, not even being religious, found the place beyond belief. As the queues were short we... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

The group were happy to go to the birth Place of Jesus. The main part of the Church had a lot of scaffolding up as they are doing renovations, so it meant it was not so photogenic.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We arrived very early at the entrance to the Nativity grotto and waited for quite some time until the Liturgy had completed. Quite a large queue had built up behind us and when the grotto was open to visitors, the crowd was rather overpowering and we were obliged to venerate the site in pairs. Nevertheless, a very moving experience.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Restoration works underway. Not much to see anyway. Hard to tell what you were looking at in the caves,

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Coimbatore, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The church was under renovation and less tourists ...so had the opportunity to go in the stable and get blessings...Very nice..:)

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Pensacola, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I went because it is a landmark but was disappointed at the number of people fitting into the tiny room where the exact spot where Jesus was supposedly born is worshipped. Still one of the must see places in Bethlehem.

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Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Long lines, no place to pause in reflection- just like most places in the Holy land. But I'm glad I went, awesome to see. We had a tour guide who really knew his stuff. One of my favorite experiences

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