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Church of the Nativity

| Manger Square, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
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Built over the Grotto of the Nativity by Constantine in 325 A.D., destroyed and rebuilt in the 6th century and renovated in the 11th century by the crusaders, this is the oldest Church in the Holy Land that is still in use.
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  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
| Manger Square, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Built in AD 530 the Church having a small entrance was near the place Jesus was born.The lesser height enabled to bow the head to Lord besides security matters.One of the ancient Church it is under Roman Catholics, Russian Armenian and Greek Coptic.It is believed...More

3  Thank jojo5222
Reviewed 4 days ago

It's hard to judge the Church as it is covered in scaffolding but to be near the place of Jesus's birth and imagine him in the cave was worth it.

Thank Paul D
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was happy to see the Church of the Nativity in a much better condition than on my first visit many years ago with leaky roof and darkened walls. The renovation is still ongoing. The outside walls are repaired, the roof is ready and many...More

Thank Maria D
Reviewed 1 week ago

I saw a few posts talking about how disappointing their visit was to the church. I think the church needs to put more efforts in not only renovating the stone but in making the visit to the church more spiritual. In any case, I really...More

Thank Jack R
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was unimpressed to say the very least. The decoration here is too gaudy and garish for my liking, but then I am an Irish Anglican. I did not appreciate being instructed in a very peremptory manner to uncross my knees as I sat trying...More

Thank TAaor
Reviewed 1 week ago

This historic church is built over the site where it's believed Jesus was born. A star on the ground marks the exact spot. The underground crypt is move of a cave and not the a "stable" as many depictions show, but this is where the...More

Thank GlobeTrotter186
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was looking forward to seeing the birth city of Jesus. I didn't expect it to be so ritualized. Church is build overtop of the supposed cave, full of relics and other plastics. I feel Jesus more in the caves of the Rocky Mountains than...More

Thank africandani
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We travelled for miles and risked joining a tour to the West Bank to come here and all we found was that despite following their rules and wearing full length pants my friend was told off and made Unwelcome because she automatically sat with her...More

Thank Hazel B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was fascinating to travel to Bethlehem. The church was historical and beautiful. The underground crypt where Christians believe Jesus was born - well, let's forget the manger scene as there was no room at all. The cave was carved out of stone and fed...More

Thank RandyKasal
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you can delay your visit, I would recommend it as the church is being restored. There is scaffolding on the outside and the inside of the church. You can still visit and see the birthplace of Jesus but it would be a better experience...More

Thank marypope55
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Response from Zoltan K | Reviewed this property |
You can do this attraction also alone without any guide.
3 May 2017|
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Response from Dr.Sylvia | Reviewed this property |
I was wearing a skirt... I always suggest long pants for men and long skirts for women... both covering shoulders and preferably long sleeves... why? Because this way you can enter any place and still be respectful of any... More