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Church of the Nativity of St John the Baptist

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Church of the Nativity of St John the Baptist

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ECLadines wrote a review Apr 2020
Paranaque, Philippines2,801 contributions223 helpful votes
Another site being visited by Catholic pilgrims. One interesting feature of this church is the songs of thanksgiving in 24 languages posted on the premises. The Filipino song on a bryan ceramics was donated in 1998 by our own tour operator, the Catholic Travel, Inc. Just proud to join this pilgrimage with CTI.
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Date of experience: April 2020
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Lita wrote a review Mar 2020
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A pretty church with blue and white tile. Unfortunately there was scaffoling in the main body of the church so it took away from the ambience of the church. You could still see the altar, but was not conducive for taking pictures. The grotto to the left of the altar is the site of St. John's birth. There is a nice small altar and a plague at the site of his birth. The courtyard was very pretty with the Benedictus written in several languages.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Linda Y wrote a review Feb 2020
Frisco, Texas3,702 contributions3,439 helpful votes
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This Catholic church belongs to the Franciscans who built the current church in the mid-19th century with help from Spain. The structure itself dates to the 11th century, with foundations possibly as old as the Byzantine period (4th-7th century). The church was built on the spot where Saint John the Baptist was born. The sanctuary was under restoration when we were there, so we had just a glimpse of the beautiful blue and white interior. Thankfully we were able to visit the grotto identified as John’s birthplace. A small marble circle under the altar marks the spot and is venerated by pilgrims. Note that Zachariah and Elizabeth, John’s parents, had two homes in Ein Kerem. John was born in the valley home, and Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth in the hillside home, now the location of the Church of the Visitation (which you must visit).
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Date of experience: January 2020
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David Ha'ivri 🇮🇱 wrote a review Jan 2020
Israel191 contributions49 helpful votes
The Church and its history is of great significance to Christianity and many Christians from around the world visit this site which they believe to be the birth place of John the Baptist. The sanctuary is currently under renovations, but, most of it is accessible to guests in sections that are fenced off from the construction areas. There is no entrance fee.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Eduardo E wrote a review Jan 2020
Miami, Florida13 contributions16 helpful votes
Not a huge church by today's standards but rich in history. A must see if you wants to know everything about Jesus Christ.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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