The Church of the Nativity is a must see when visiting Israel. While it is, as some people have pointed out, disorganized and chaotic, that is to be expected when visiting such an historical spot, considering the number of visitors. We visited in April, and I think the crowds were a bit better than many have described. Go with a guide to get the most out of the visit and to move through the more crowded areas. Just to be in this historic place is amazing. As a Catholic this was a pilgrimage, but the history is amazing no matter what religion. Also, the experience of traveling through the checkpoints and visiting is interesting. The church itself is somewhat unassuming in it's architecture, but the interior decoration varies from simple to opulent.
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