Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

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Historic Site · Religious Site
Make a pilgrimage to Church of the Nativity along with the many visitors to this World Heritage Site and Christian holy site that's believed to stand over the cave where Jesus Christ was born. The emperor Constantine originally built this church in the 4th century CE. Some elements of his original temple, like the pink columns of polished limestone, remain, though most of the church as it stands today originated in the Justinian reconstruction of the 6th century. Whiles there, walk through the door of humility, small enough to force everyone to dismount their horses upon entry, and down the steps to the grotto where believers say Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ. To visit Church of the Nativity on your trip to Bethlehem, use our Bethlehem road trip site.
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  • This is a place that you absolutely must visit when in Bethlehem although you need to be prepared for many tourists jostling to get a good picture and long queues. There is lots to feast the eyes on.....  more »
  • Unbelievable amount of mosaics on the wall, and the place where Jesus was born. Beautiful architecture inside and out. However, you cannot visit this place peacefully, as hordes and hordes of...  more »
  • A truly holy place. Still undergoing restoration. A moving place to visit. You will enjoy it more if you visit it as a pilgrimage group with an official guide. The queues are long(2 hours minimum). But you should visit it at least once in your lifetime
  • A gorgeous church which makes you feel like you're going back in time. The manger below is also remarkable and filled with history. Highly recommend.

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