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Church of the Nativity

Manger Square, Bethlehem
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Ranked #3 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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Cebu City, Philippines
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

I was in Bethlehem a year ago but I can still remember how we had to change bus and guide because it was in a Palestinian territory. How ironic! It was the only place we visited in our pilgrimage in Israel that we had to do this. We were visiting the 'birthplace' of Christ yet it was occupied by non... More

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South East England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Getting to Bethlehem reminds one of the centuries of conflict in this part of the world. The hustle and bustle surrounding this historic site hardly reflect the message of the nativity story. Peace on earth there is not but an historic if peacemeal church there is.

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Speers Point, Australia
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206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Must be that anything spiritual happens in a grotto!! Pros: Another tick on the Bucket List and not as crowded as I may have thought!! Cons: You've got to wonder whether Christ was really born here or is this 100AD 'spin'? The interior of the Church was being renovated and the scaffolding detracted from the spiritual atmosphere that I perhaps... More

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Albufeira, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This basilica was built on the 4 century A.D. and has been a shrine from pilgrimage around the planet. This is World Heritage Site and is also on UNESCO's List of World Heritage Sites in Danger. The church is administered jointly by Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic authorities. All people go there just for one thing...to visit the... More

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Waterlooville, Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Bethlehem has a wall around it and it is a monstrosity, then there are the guards to inspect you with sub-machine guns, then you park in a bus station - then you see this place (which is nice but nowhere near as atmospheric as Jerusalem) - then you get taken to buy souvenirs (at rip off prices) in areas of... More

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vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

When you go down the steep stairs to the area that was supposed to be the birth place of Jesus you get a real feel of something spiritual happening here...Because its a small space and there are only a certain number of people there it once it didn't feel as crowded and commercial as other places. The church is beautiful.

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Columbus, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We went prior to the current conflict, so it may be different now, but it was sooooo crowded. I'm talking at least an hour wait to go to the grotto to see where Jesus was born. It was a neat experience to be in such a historical and important place and is worth a visit, even for someone who is... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I was in Bethlehem for more of a political tour but stopped by the church for 30 mins. My guide at the church was a slightly elderly local Palestinian man, Isa, who was really sweet and very knowledgeable. He took me around the church plus the church of St. Catherine, explaining everything. Bonus was that the line to go downstairs... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Everyone, either Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Muslim or even an atheist, should see this church. It is amazing experience that you will NEVER forget. I strongly recommend to anyone who want to see something breathtaking and unique in the world.

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Sawston, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I popped my head into this place and left within ten minutes! I think that it would be interesting to go if you like old churches, not if you want to get any sense of Christ's birth. The area surrounding the church is great and worth a visit.

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