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Church of the Nativity

  • Church of the Nativity, Manger Square, Bethlehem
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The birth of Jesus
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on September 17, 2022

My wife and were so impressed with this Church. Where Mary gave birth to Jesus. The church had this calming effect on us. A must place to visit.n

One of those very special experiences but can be quite chaotic due to the amount of people visiting.
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on September 7, 2022

Visit here feels quite chaotic when there are many tours doing the same thing as you at the same time. Pretty normal if you are touring but due to the church being active and the mass of visitors visiting the place of Jesus’ birth place it can be hit and miss. Sometimes it is...

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Visit here feels quite chaotic when there are many tours doing the same thing as you at the same time. Pretty normal if you are touring but due to the church being active and the mass of visitors visiting the place of Jesus’ birth place it can be hit and miss. Sometimes it is closed. Part of our group got in but then it was closed due to an event in the main church. We were down there when they turned the lights off to force people to leave. It was pitch black. Thankfully mobile phones saved the day and we got out ok. The guy who stopped people coming in and had turned the lights off to remove us was met with thanks for the visit rather than animosity and he calmed down. I did actually understand his frustrations but what do you do. A beautiful main church and the grotto was a nice experience until the lights went out.nnClearly making this important site available to the masses takes its toll on the three different monasteries: one Roman Catholic, one Armenian Apostolic, and one Greek Orthodox. An experience for sure.

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Where Everything began
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on September 4, 2022

There are two churches: the first one is the catholic one and the second one is the orthodox whixh is the one where Christ was born. Once inside you can feel the Xmas atmosphere (just look at the lamps hanging from the top ;) ). The door to get in is very small and...

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There are two churches: the first one is the catholic one and the second one is the orthodox whixh is the one where Christ was born. Once inside you can feel the Xmas atmosphere (just look at the lamps hanging from the top ;) ). The door to get in is very small and any guide there can explain you why. nThen once inside just search for the star and you will be where “everything began”.

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