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The Church of St. Catherine

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Address: Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
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Christmas Mass is done here

This is the other side of the church of nativity but both are VASTLY different. This church is beautiful inside and below. The courtyard is also well done.

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Hillsboro, Oregon
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Hillsboro, Oregon
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is the other side of the church of nativity but both are VASTLY different. This church is beautiful inside and below. The courtyard is also well done.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Catholic Church is part of Sanctuary Bethlehem, located in the northern part adjacent to the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. From this church you can entrance to the north part of the Grotto of the Nativity, Cave of St. Jerome.

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Thank Zoltan K
Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Peaceful place somewhat ruined by the noise of large disrespectful tourists shepherded by money grabbing tour companies that have zero respect for the Church or other visitors. It's a place for reflection and prayer.....not taking selfies!

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Thank StephenCr0ss
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Must visit ! Beautiful church of st Catherine where Christmas mass takes place on the 24th evening of each year Make sure to visit st Jospeh and jerome located to the right of the church you go downstairs to see where the Bible was translated Each day at 12 mid day a beautiful procession takes place by the Franciscan fathers

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

So many famous places to see it sets your head a spinning- be prepared for crowds and being in a small space - this church is more modern so less issues

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Reviewed 10 February 2017

This was our Arab Christian guide's parish so she showed it to us lovingly and with attention to the detail. The Church of St. Catherine is naturally overshadowed by the importance of the Basilica of the Nativity but it is an interesting temple by itself. The outdoor section includes the cloister and courtyard. At the time of our visit in... More 

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 28 January 2017

I was able to get a ticket to the Midnight Mass at Christmas 2014. Tickets need to be obtained well in advance, and one needs to get to the church a couple of hours early. The Nativity Church is next door but cannot accommodate the large crowd of Christmas Eve. After the crowding, and some pushing and shoving to get... More 

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Thank Em H
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Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

A Church located adjacent to the Church of Nativity. Managed to go in for a very brief glimpse before being kicked out at 5pm. Apparently this Church is famous for holding Mass on Christmas Eve. Aside from this, looked like an average Church with rows of pews stretched towards the altar.

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Norman, United States
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Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

This is a nice Church tied to the Church of the nativity. Other than the history of the church there was nothing special about the church.

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ireland
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

We visited the church of st Catherine during the evening, it was a nice time to visit with not many people in the church. It was enlightening and peaceful visit.

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