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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
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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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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Baltimore
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Due to the troubles between Israel and the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, there were very few visitors. We were able to really appreciate the church.

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Pozarevac
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Very special place, nice to see and have new experiance. You can see star from Betlehem and place where Jesus Christ was born.

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Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

We took a 21 bus from Jerusalem, the one-way ticket cost 8 shekels in 2014. You have to walk to the Basilica for about 10-15 minutes upon arrival, and try not to talk to anyone if you don't want a taxi or are not interested in buying anything. The Basilica itself was under restoration, so we were unable to see... More

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Valley Center
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

When we went to the Church of the Nativity, there was no crowd. We were lucky that we could take our time touching the star where Jesus was born and looking at the remnants of His crib, which was displayed across from the star.

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Rome, Italy
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

To get to Bethlehem from Israel you need to have a car insured for Palestine. Make sure you rent a car from an Arab car rental in Jerusalem for example and ask for insurance for Palestine and Israel. Israeli car rentals won't insure for Palestine.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

In order to reach to the church I have to change car like 5 time. cuz all of the problems that they have with their neighbor. I would like to add to my review the Tour guide Hisham M. Ikhmayes,(IKHMAIS1@YAHOO.COM) excellent tour guide very helpful and knowledgeable about all what your are going to see. I will highly recommend him... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

It's a tricky place to get in from Israel, as you must switch car and guide to a Palestinian guide as the Israeli can not enter. The church itself is quite big, has 2 sides, the Armenian side and the Greek Orthodox Side. There is the Star of Bethlehem, which followers kissed, and I was lucky enough to go in... More

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

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

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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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

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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