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- We visited this place during the calm period - so we felt safe. There were no entry fee.
There were just few people, so we went through the whole church & took our time unbothered by crowds.
We were lucky, because after our arrival there was a small mass near the birthstone and it was very atmospheric.
You can really feel the history and mixing of the different time periods here. And don’t forget to check the main door - they’re impressive!Written 6 July 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- An authentic experience. Bassem and his team provided a comfortable experience and have an excellent selection of olive wood items. I particularly enjoyed being able to watch some of the items being made, and I appreciate the generational family business aspect of this shop.
This shop looks better, is bigger, and cleaner than the shops you pass to get there (if coming from the Church of the Nativity). You can tell these are local craftsmen selling local wares, not items shipped in from elsewhere.Written 6 June 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- A beautiful monastery, filled with history and wonderful architecture. Only men are allowed in but there are many opportunities to see it even from outside.Written 8 August 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- A short stop for us, yet a nice place to visit for few minutes as part of the Bethlehem itinerary. Could skip if in a time crunch.Written 8 August 2022
- Lovely, light and airy, The Church of St. Catherine houses a small relic fragment of the manger, gifted to the Church in 2019. Look for the beautiful ancient floor mosaics as you tour the church. This UNESCO Heritage Site is situated above the Cave of St. Jerome, a Dalmation priest who translated much of the Old Testament from Hebrew and Greek, into the Latin "Vulgate", over a 30 year period, commencing in 386 A.D. Buried in one of the adjoining caves, his body was relocated to Constantinople after having earlier been interred in Rome. Also under The Church of St. Catherine, can be found the Grotto of the Holy Innocents, containing the remains of children two and under, who had been murdered under the orders of King Herod in his attempt to kill Jesus. It was unclear when we visited The Church of St. Catherine, that it was actually openly connected to The Church of the Nativity. A passageway has been carved out beneath the churches to join the grotto areas under the churches as well.Written 15 November 2020
- A must visit! Beautifully serene, suggest getting here as early as possible to avoid the crowds. As one of the holiest sites in the world, this area can quickly become packed with fellow pilgrims.Written 12 November 2020
- Cave of Jerome or Hironomous
Under the church of saint Kathrin in the Nativity church, is the place where he translated the old testament from original Language into latinWritten 8 April 2022
- I found it interesting to tour this "camp" which I put in parenthesis because it is all buildings not tents which seems reasonable since these refugees have lived here since the 1940's. There is a lot of symbolism with keys as they took the keys to their homes when they left because they expected to return after the conflict.Written 13 April 2020
- Holy place for Jews, Christians and Muslims, Rachel's Tomb has significance for women having prayers for health and wealth.Written 19 August 2017
- Every Christmas I walk down Star Street when I arrive to Bethlehem - following Saint Joseph and mother Mary's path to the Nativity. Christmas does not feel complete without a reminiscent walk along this historical street.
There are beautiful views along this narrow stone street, which is lined with limestone houses with beautifully ornamented entrances and windows. It begins near the site of King David’s Wells and gently meanders through the main part of the historic centre and under the Qaus Al-Zarrara - sometimes also called Damascus Gate - towards Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity. It is the road that once connected Bethlehem to Jerusalem and further cities such as Damascus, which is why this is thought to be the route Saint Joseph and mother Mary travelled on that blessed night.
A very quiet street that is nicely restored with new paving stones and all the shops and homes have brightly painted doors alternating yellow, blue, purple and grey.Written 9 February 2020
- We're blessed and glad that we visited this place. This is part of the tour with our group. Make sure you come in the morning because there was a lot of people around afternoon.Written 24 March 2019
- The store itselves is really small but the collection they have is amazing. I enjoyed my visit, there was a lot to see and the woman in the store was so kind and friendly.
They deserve it to receive more tourists back everyday!Written 24 June 2022
- Very nice Mosque. It's very peaceful and open to all to visit. Separate prayer areas obviously for male and female. Some begging outside which is a problem.Written 29 March 2017
- With almost 6000 seat auditorium and many conference room, this modern structure is a masterpiece of architecture and modern facilities; It is located in the Solomon Pools complex (named after Sultan Suleiman the MAGNIFICENT}. It is about 4 miles from the Church of Nativity, and probably the closest forested area to the center of Bethlehem.Written 17 May 2017
- We had a great tour here from the guide. Some examples of traditional Palestinian dress, an incredible section of Roman aqueduct, and some items found during excavation, and some thought provoking exhibitsWritten 3 February 2018
Frequently Asked Questions about Bethlehem
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