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Church of the Nativity

  • Church of the Nativity, Manger Square, Bethlehem

TripAdvisor Reviews

TripAdvisor ReviewsBased on 2021 traveler reviews
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Visit inside the Church of nativity
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed 4 days ago

Be prepared to stand in line inside the church to view the area where Jesus was born and where the manger was situated. During low season it is about 1-1/2 to 2 hours wait standing in line. During high season it is over 2 hours. Be sure there is no one cutting in line...

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Be prepared to stand in line inside the church to view the area where Jesus was born and where the manger was situated. During low season it is about 1-1/2 to 2 hours wait standing in line. During high season it is over 2 hours. Be sure there is no one cutting in line where you are waiting. Once you inside the area our tour guide told us to take as much time as needed, don’t be bothered by the staff there to quickly walk through the area. It is worth the wait.

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Great Place to Visit Even if You're Not Religious
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed 5 days ago

Luckily we arrived early and beat the worst of the queues, which I believe can be horrendous. A really beautiful and ancient 6th century (?) Greek Orthodox Church, supposedly built on the site of the birth of Christ. You queue to enter the cave beneath the main altar, which is supposed to be the...

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Luckily we arrived early and beat the worst of the queues, which I believe can be horrendous. A really beautiful and ancient 6th century (?) Greek Orthodox Church, supposedly built on the site of the birth of Christ. You queue to enter the cave beneath the main altar, which is supposed to be the actual site, marked by the Star of Bethlehem, which the devout kiss and pray at. I'm not religious, but was fascinated to watch all of this. While you're queuing you can take in the beautiful church with its mosaics, under extensive renovation at the moment, so views can be obscured.

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Crazy queuing
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on March 17, 2019

So this is reportedly the site of the birth of Jesus. The queues as a result are crazy. For the wait, it wasn't great and was all a bit confusing. There is some byzantine era tiles to see whilst you queue and some graffiti on the pillars.