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Church of the Nativity

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$20 fee to skip The Line With Guide for whole group.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...more
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| Manger Square .15 minutes walking from bus 231, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
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When visiting the "Ultimate Place" for many Christians it is so disappointing to find that there is no crowd control or admission organisation. You just wait and wait and wIt !!!! If you allow at least 2 hours to go 50 metres then you will...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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A very holy spot for those of the Christian faith. Kneeling down to see the birthplace of Jesus Christ is a humbling and unbelievable experience. Despite the ongoing conflict in the region, take the adventure - go to Bethlehem - local people's lives depend on...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Since it’s supposedly where Jesus was born, it has great historical significance. The crowds make its little difficult to get round but you really should check out the lower level of this building. There’s a star on the floor where Jesus was born, many people...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank crosswycke
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

That’s a place you cannot missed but we wanted to see the main place in the church and there were so many people in the queue. We had to wait for hours so we left. The church is under construction inside, disappointing!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank I5999EYantonioc
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It is definitely a must stop if you visit Israel or Palestine, but for an agnostic like me, may not represent greater emotion, however the place is magical and contains a wonderful mysticism, full of strange vibes and great mysteries. It does not matter if...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Bow your head as you enter through the door of humility, for this is a sacred place. The restorations are nearly completed. It is best to go early in the mornings before the tour groups arrive from Jerusalem.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank phenning2347
Reviewed 5 days ago

The biggest surprise for me was seeing all the Banksy artwork on the separation wall, along with other art.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Cynthia C
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It is one the oldest Christian Churches still in exist in Bethlehem and also the place Jesus Christ was born , they are renovating the church since 2013 still going on up to now to restore the holiness of this Amazing church. The underground tunnel...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Manger Square is clean, quiet, and well managed with a smooth flow of visitors. The Churches also inspire reverence, and it seems incredible that Jesus and Mary were here. Fortunately at the square itself, modernity does not intrude.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank dillivala
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a place - like many of the sites in Jerusalem- where different religions cross paths, something I find amazing and meaningful, we all humans can share without fighting. Apart of that, this place was part of my pilgrimage to the Holy Land, we...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Katherine E
May 6, 2018|
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Response from AllOver1 | Reviewed this property |
We went about 3 in the afternoon and there was virtually no line. We walked right in. It was fairly crowded inside but not too bad
Melisa C
February 3, 2018|
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Response from endis | Reviewed this property |
Yes, no problems, however the columns are under repair and the main nave is covered with construction.
June 26, 2017|
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Response from Zoltan K | Reviewed this property |
You can do this attraction also alone without any guide.
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Atlanta, Georgia
Beware of Johnny's Souvenir Shop in Bethlehem (5 Replies)
“ Beware of Johnny's Souvenir Shop in Bethlehem ” Jan 14, 2011, 1:12 PM Johnny's Souvenir shop in Bethlehem, Palestine, is a high-pressured dishonest fleecing operation. I was fleeced, don't let it happen to you. A palestinian cab driver will offer to take you to Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity. First you need a cross to have "blessed". He brings you to Johnny's Souvenir shop where Johnny and his family bring high pressure and fleece you. Shame on me that I allowed this to...More
January 15, 2011|
Response fromdrill-n-fill|
Please don't generalize in saying to skip ANY shop in Bethlehem. That is unfair. I have never been to Johnny's but am fully aware of sales tactics used in shops throughout Israel and it is different than shops in the US. Nobody there is holding you against your will to buy something. Usually a firm NO and walking away is sufficient. Yes, many cab drivers and some tour people do get a cut of any sales. It's just like anywhere else in the world. Dr. Z
Dunedin, Florida
Rental car drive Damascus gate to Rachel's Tomb & Bethlehem (8 Replies)
I want to drive my rental car from Damascus gate to Rachel's tomb and park the car there for a visit to the tomb followed by a cab ride into Bethlehem church of Nativity. Reverse trip for the return to Jerusalem. Please help me. 1. Best route for me to drive from Damascus gate to Rachel's tomb? 2. Best place to park close to Rachel's tomb? 3. What to see or do at Rachel's tomb? 4. Where to get a cab from Rachel's tomb to the Church of the Nativity? What would be a reasonable charge for...More
November 09, 2013|
Response fromOreet-S|
A bit complicated to explain but not hard to do - from the Damascus Gate head towards the Jaffa Gate - this will take you through a tunnel that goes under Jaffa Road. At the traffic light continue straight - follow the signs to Hebron or Derech Hevron (Hebron Rd). Just stay on Hebron Rd until you see signs directing you to Rachel's Tomb - they may say Kever Rachel which is the same thing in Hebrew. When you have completed your visit there back track just a bit till you see a parking lot,...More
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Socalers615 Trip Report #18 (9 Replies)
Day 21: Another piece of the Fabric First off, apologies for getting mixed up again with the numbering our days…looking back I see two “Day 18”s…sorry about that. I’m back on track now, with this being, in fact, Day 21: a day that showed us a new and different piece of this land’s “fabric,” with a guided tour outside of Jerusalem and into Hebron, a city split into two sectors: Hebron 1 (controlled by the Palestinian Authority and Hebron 2 (controlled by Israel). Then on to the Herodion...More
November 19, 2014|
Response fromavigail9|
Mmm, your report made me hungry! Thanks again for sharing your detailed and interesting reports.