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Address: Manger Square, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Built over the Grotto of the Nativity by Constantine in 325 A.D., destroyed...

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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The church is under renovations. You can still visit the altar, where Jesus was born and his manger where we laid with the sheep. The Catholic Church next door has a large organ... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The church is under renovations. You can still visit the altar, where Jesus was born and his manger where we laid with the sheep. The Catholic Church next door has a large organ on the back wall. The toilets were really dirty. Go to a local restaurant. If you go at midday you may see a large number of muslin... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A definite highlight of Bethlehem, a real sense of reflection with lump in throat moment at the site of Christ's birth. A bit of a cattle drive to get into the Grotto it self but worth the squeeze.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is ok to visit I mean back then over 1,000 years ago when Jesus was born he wasn't born in a church they built this church and I mean it's nice that they have a star of which they think he was born at that exact spot but nobody really knows where but it's very nice to visit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

On the day of our visit, the church was packed with tourists. This magnificent, endangered church (structural integrity) is claimed by three resident clerics: Greek Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox and the Franciscan order of the Roman Catholic Church. The church is a major Christian holy site, as it marks the traditional place of Christ's birth. We entered through the Door of... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This church is located in Bethlehem. It's a church comprising of three denominations namely Greek Orthodox, Catholic and the Armenian. It is where the star shone the location as well as where Jesus was born in the manger.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A Church devided into three Christian Religions. I found it a bit overwhelming as far as the decoration. There are extensive repairs at present which is a good thing but it takes away from the visit. Down the stairs to what is said to be the birthplace of Christ is very moving. The Christmas tree is up in Manger Square.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wasn't sure what to expect but it was a last minute plan and our guide ran us through past the crowd. What we saw was the perfect exclamation point to our trip: The birth place (spot) of Christ and where he was laid (on the manger). What else do we need to see???

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Key Christian historic site, suggest you arrange private tour ahead of time- going into Palestinian Territories is a walk back in time in terms of organization etc vi-a-vis Israel. Yes, it is touristy and a fair amountof climbing of stairs and in crowds but if you are going to the Holy Land you certainly want to go here if you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This church is older then most of churches in Jerusalem as they were frequently destroyed and rebuild. Currently significant reconstruction is in place so some parts of the building are covered..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although undergoing a 4-year renovation project, the site of the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem is still open for personal visits or tours. The Church of St. Catherine, next door, which is a newer cathedral church is also worth visiting.

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