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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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Christian Pilgrimage Site

When visiting in July 2016 the church was under construction in many places. But the experience was significant and holy nonetheless. Follow the crowds to find the spot where... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

When visiting in July 2016 the church was under construction in many places. But the experience was significant and holy nonetheless. Follow the crowds to find the spot where Christians venerate the birth of Jesus in a cave-like room. Over all, I really enjoyed spending time in Bethlehem. If you move beyond the church there are many options for shopping... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited on a Saturday morning with a group of 5. Some things as tips - Go early - Go to the birthplace first then look around the building later - Rent a good local guide in advance. The crowds are unbelievable and determined to shove past anyone who is in their path. It's no place for being shy or... More 

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Church of the Nativity can seem to have a rather circus-like atmosphere. It has been under renovation for several years, and it appears it will continue for several more. Since practically everyone in Christendom ( Greek Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox and the Franciscan order of the Roman Catholic Church ) stakes claim to the location, there is much todo about... More 

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Beaverton, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

By all means, go into Palestinian and see the Church of the Nativity. Very safe and a different experience from the Old City. Wonderful story of Christ and the Church is being rebuilt. Everyone in Christianity claims the church, interesting how they divide up time to pray. A must see.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It has the potential to be a spectacular experience but if you're going anywhere near a holiday, be prepared for overcrowding, pushing, shoving and disorganization.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

All the while I thought the altar is magnificent and ornate but, when we reached there, I can't take the magnificence in its entirety due to steel bars erected at the very front. It's undergoing renovation; however, there's a descent to the birthplace of Jesus. Here, there's a sense of holiness and sacredness that makes you feel touched. It is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Where you can see the Star of Bethlehem where Jesus was born, and the manager where he was laid by Mary. It's through a small tight space that you go through. It's carved out of a cave, and you go up the other way. There is a long wait to go down. Once you are out, you get to go... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Church of the Nativity the place were the Christ was born is a must see attraction if in Bethlehem for a those who believe in the Christ, there was work being undertaken to the Church during my visit but it's still a beautiful place !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The people of Bethlehem were very friendly. The church has a lot of history so you better have a guide to tell you what to expect. Significant accumulation of artifatact over the centuries.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a very knowledgeable guide - a lady who is one of the few local Christian Arabs. Most left the city and the trend continues but she is a local expert and in love with her hometown. It is indeed a shame we did not get to see the Church of Nativity in its full glory but instead with... More 

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