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Address: Manger Square, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
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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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On the day of our visit, the church was packed with tourists. This magnificent, endangered church (structural integrity) is claimed by three resident clerics: Greek Orthodox... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

On the day of our visit, the church was packed with tourists. This magnificent, endangered church (structural integrity) is claimed by three resident clerics: Greek Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox and the Franciscan order of the Roman Catholic Church. The church is a major Christian holy site, as it marks the traditional place of Christ's birth. We entered through the Door of... More 

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Lahad Datu, Malaysia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This church is located in Bethlehem. It's a church comprising of three denominations namely Greek Orthodox, Catholic and the Armenian. It is where the star shone the location as well as where Jesus was born in the manger.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A Church devided into three Christian Religions. I found it a bit overwhelming as far as the decoration. There are extensive repairs at present which is a good thing but it takes away from the visit. Down the stairs to what is said to be the birthplace of Christ is very moving. The Christmas tree is up in Manger Square.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wasn't sure what to expect but it was a last minute plan and our guide ran us through past the crowd. What we saw was the perfect exclamation point to our trip: The birth place (spot) of Christ and where he was laid (on the manger). What else do we need to see???

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Ardsley on Hudson, NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Key Christian historic site, suggest you arrange private tour ahead of time- going into Palestinian Territories is a walk back in time in terms of organization etc vi-a-vis Israel. Yes, it is touristy and a fair amountof climbing of stairs and in crowds but if you are going to the Holy Land you certainly want to go here if you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This church is older then most of churches in Jerusalem as they were frequently destroyed and rebuild. Currently significant reconstruction is in place so some parts of the building are covered..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although undergoing a 4-year renovation project, the site of the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem is still open for personal visits or tours. The Church of St. Catherine, next door, which is a newer cathedral church is also worth visiting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a guide we met outside the entrance to the church, and it was well worth doing. He talked us through all the sights inside, and helped us navigate around two different wedding groups using the buildings at the time. The church itself is very beautiful, and Jerome's cave was particularly inspiring. The place where Jesus is thought to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Christians go here because it is the "exact spot" where Jesus was born. When we went there, it was remarkably quiet, so you could approach and touch the star easily - but most of the time there is a line-up. The church is a bit of a labyrinth, with different rooms and underground places, so better to have a guide... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took a quick tour by business reasons with foreign visitors the route from the check point to the church is short but very dangerous, the taxi driver always looking for more and more money and was very funny how he gave a false information, the church is under maintenance and a lot of people needs wait more less 1... More 

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