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Church of the Nativity

  • Church of the Nativity, Manger Square, Bethlehem
  • Photo: Church of the Nativity

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A must-see Holy experience
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on January 30, 2021

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 in the interior including numerous mosaics and ancient artefacts. It's quite amazing to think how old...

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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 in the interior including numerous mosaics and ancient artefacts. It's quite amazing to think how old this church is, said to have been built in the 4th Century, rebuilt in the 6th. Very spiritual indeed!

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Must Visit, but the Crowd is Intense
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on December 10, 2020

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 visitors jostle around for pictures and entrance to different areas of the church. It may be worth it to stay overnight so you can...

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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 visitors jostle around for pictures and entrance to different areas of the church. It may be worth it to stay overnight so you can visit early in the morning or late in the evening.

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If Possible, Book a Private Tour to Fully Absorb the Holy Experience
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on November 15, 2020

This was my second visit to the Church of the Nativity. On my initial visit, I toured with a large group, and encountered long lines and waiting for a brief glimpse and touch of the protected stone where Jesus was born, along with His manger stone in the Grotto of the Nativity. This...

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This was my second visit to the Church of the Nativity. On my initial visit, I toured with a large group, and encountered long lines and waiting for a brief glimpse and touch of the protected stone where Jesus was born, along with His manger stone in the Grotto of the Nativity. This second journey was an entirely different experience, as my adult son and I booked a private tour to this Holy site during mid December, when crowds are considerably smaller. Arriving just prior to a processional mass, we were permitted to remain on the stairs in the grotto below the Basilica, and observe the moving, spiritual experience which included a grouping of priests and nuns, bearing burning incense, while singing praises of worship on this hallowed ground. We joined the procession as it moved on, and were led further into the bowels of the grotto into another chapel, where additional worship occurred. What an amazing experience! This UNESCO World Heritage Site received a small relic piece of the original Manger in 2019, which is now on view in the Church of the Nativity. The interior of the Basilica has numerous ancient mosaics and brass lanterns and is an essential piece of the Christian pilgrimage.

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