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Address: Manger Square, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Built over the Grotto of the Nativity by Constantine in 325 A.D., destroyed...

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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As a Catholic, coming to Bethlehem and experience the blessing of Jesus' life was quite an experience. And its here where his story began. A trip to this region would not be... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

As a Catholic, coming to Bethlehem and experience the blessing of Jesus' life was quite an experience. And its here where his story began. A trip to this region would not be complete visiting the site where Jesus was born. A magnificent Monastery constructed initially by the Greeks some 300 AD to commemorate this holy site. If you enjoy different... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As a part of Russian Ecclesiastical mission in Jerusalem our hotel "Pillgrim Delux Residence " in Bethlehem was a stone throw away from Church of Nativity and all pilgrims including my 10 year old son enjoyed 5 am early morning Holy Communion at this place. The actual place where the Christ was born is quite small and dark but when... More 

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Last week I have been to the Greek Orthodox convent and was astonished with its architectural beauty, calmness and hospitality sense at place. Highly recommended..

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I am not religious but food Bethlehem to be so peaceful and welcoming. Every religion gets along as friends here. The church is very special, it is undergoing renovation and I would recommend getting there very early to avoid large queues.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Currently going through renovation, but is still open and is beautiful! Luckily the spot where jesus was born there was no queue so I was there alone for a while. Very peaceful

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A trip to this region would not be complete without a visit to this church encompassing the site of the manger where Jesus was born. A magnificancant Monastry constructed initially by the Greeks some 300 AD to commemorate this holy site.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm catholic but not very religious and this place really touched me. It's amazing walking through the oldest church there is. I feel like the symbolic place where Jesus was born could've been more creative, but I'll take the star. Tip: if you want to buy post cards in Bethlehem they are only 1,5nis per card. In Jerusalem we paid... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When you walk on small lane up hill to the church , you know how old this place was . So,old that looks older then church in Rome ! I feel Holy here this is the Place !!! Pls visit the Church when you are in Town !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Am not religious but the the sheer symbolism of the place left me astounded. Church was brimming with people - everyone milling around and waiting their turn to place their hand and leave their mark on the Star of David, the birthplace of Jesus. Opposite to it was the corner where the manger had apparently been placed. It was a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For myself, a Christian, this was a must see. However, I had no feeling of the great significance of the area or church. For such an important site, I felt nothing like I thought I would. There was no order or respect, like other places we had seen before this one. The best part of going to Bethlehem was the... More 

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