I decided to visit this site in a group of four due to ongoing security concerns although this is focused in the Hebron area presently. I enjoyed exploring the where Jesus was born although I add it isn't a stable rather a cave. A word of warning is that there are a lot of worshippers packed into a very tight area; so you may want to arrive earlier in the day if this is something that concerns you! The church is well maintained although it's currently undergoing significant maintenance work, however this didn't affect access to the church itself.
Whilst there two of the Spanish members of our group started speaking to a Franciscan Brother. This led to us getting a private behind the scenes tour of areas the public wouldn't otherwise see. I would definitely recommend this site because of it's historical and religious significance to would be travellers.
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