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Church of the Nativity

  • Church of the Nativity, Manger Square, Bethlehem

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Special place; go early; be prepared for long queue
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed 1 day ago

Church is under renovation. Still could visit the star of Bethlehem. Lucky we went about 25 minutes before closing so we walked straight in. A must visit. Be prepared to wait. Queues can be long

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Interesting , but....
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed 2 days ago

Our guide spent a lot of time talking outside the church before we went in. Once inside, it’s interesting to look around but there isn’t a lot to see honestly. The line was crazy long to see the “star” where supposedly Jesus was born. We arrived about 10am and our guide...

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Our guide spent a lot of time talking outside the church before we went in. Once inside, it’s interesting to look around but there isn’t a lot to see honestly. The line was crazy long to see the “star” where supposedly Jesus was born. We arrived about 10am and our guide estimated about 2 hrs...so we skipped it. There definitely is some favoritism going on with guides, while standing by the exit where people come out the other side of seeing the “star”, the police guards would some guides and folks to go in the exit...against the flow of people coming out. I dont know if there were some bribes or what but like others have said, it was a bit of a cluster...just going to the church and not seeing the main attraction was a bit disappointment and frankly a bit boring. Our guide spent an enormous amount of time just talking stories ....I suppose this was to fill the time that we might have spent standing in line.

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Expect a long wait to get into the grotto!
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed 2 days ago

The Church of the Nativity is only 15 - 20 mins walk from the bus stop 231. The fare was 6.8 shekels from Damascus Gate. After getting off the bus, walk toward Bethlehem on Hebron Road, take a left turn at the first traffic light on Manger Street, walk along the street for another...

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The Church of the Nativity is only 15 - 20 mins walk from the bus stop 231. The fare was 6.8 shekels from Damascus Gate. After getting off the bus, walk toward Bethlehem on Hebron Road, take a left turn at the first traffic light on Manger Street, walk along the street for another 10 mins and you arrive at the Manger Square. After two hours in the queue, we were finally in the grotto but there was no time for reflection because staff only let us spend 3 seconds on the star. They were shouting and banging the wall to usher people out constantly. While we were in the queue, a guide came over and offered us to jump the queue in exchange of money. In hindsight, I could have taken the offer. Despite all this, I am glad I went.

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