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shopping for olivewood crosses/nativity sets

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shopping for olivewood crosses/nativity sets

would like to get at least 12 olive wood crosses and 6 nativity sts of ordinary quality as gifts better to shop on tourist sites or can you recommend a low priced shop

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1. Re: shopping for olivewood crosses/nativity sets

Shops abound in the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City and around Manger Square in Bethlehem. Generally speaking prices and the providence of crafts are better in Bethlehem. You will also find more choice here than Nazareth and Cana which are on your itinerary (looking at your other posts).

One shop often mentioned on this forum is The Blessings Gift Shop - on the right along the street leading to the Milk Grotto, adjacent to the Church of the Nativity. The owner Bassem Giacaman speaks excellent English. Prices are as marked and a discount applied depending on how much you wish to purchase. Some of the items we bought were five times cheaper than my wife had seen elsewhere! The quality is excellent and his ‘factory’ is next door, therefore you know where they have been made and there is no middle-man taking a cut. Bassem will give you a tour of his workshops and show you how the items are made; there is also a great view from the roof-top terrace.


What better gift for your friends than a Nativity Set made by a Christian craftsman from wood grown in the Holy Land crafted within yards of the place of our Lord's birth!

Edited: 3:43 am, April 17, 2014
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