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Church of the Nativity

  • Church of the Nativity, Manger Square, Bethlehem

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Be prepared to be herded in and out
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed 2 days ago

quite disappointed that this was such a rushed experience. millions gather to see where christ was born and there is hardly time to take in the experience before being goaded to leave

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Very busy and crowded church
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed 3 days ago

The entrance is through the Door of Humility which is a very small, low door reduced to such a size by the Crusaders for defence purposes (people on horses could not ride in!). The church is shared between the Greek Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic and Roman Catholics (similar to the Church of the Holt Sepulchre...

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The entrance is through the Door of Humility which is a very small, low door reduced to such a size by the Crusaders for defence purposes (people on horses could not ride in!). The church is shared between the Greek Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic and Roman Catholics (similar to the Church of the Holt Sepulchre in Jerusalem). Look up when you get in at the beautiful golden mosaics on the sides which have been recently restored. More work is still ongoing inside the church. The church was so busy that people were pushing and shoving to get to where they wanted or just to keep up with their group. There were a few arguments as people were literally pushed out of the way and some members of my group were frightened they would be pushed over and crushed, so be prepared when you go. The queue to get into the grotto to see the place where Jesus is said to have been born was 4 hours long when we were there and added to the confusion of people inside the church. Next door is the Church of St Catherine (see separate entry) which can be directly accessed from this church and was nowhere near as busy.

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The place Jesus was born. Church of Nativity.
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed 5 days ago

Considered to be the birth place of Jesus Christ and the crib is marked for worship. The church itself is covered in architectural features and Persian Mosaics. There is long line to worship and sometimes it takes over an hour to reach the holy crib.