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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.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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| Manger Square, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The Church of the Nativity is one of the most main attraction in Bethlehem because it is a Holy Site. The birthplace of Jesus. It was our last stop during our day tour because the church will close at 7pm as what our driver says....More

Thank mrneli4evr
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Most people will say that of all the sites in and around Jerusalem, this is the one that you must see. And you should - especially if you are religious at all. But be prepared for long lines full of very pushy people and priests...More

Thank Jewelsworld
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is a must see. The art work and architecture are excellent. It was crowded but that was expected. Be patient and you will enjoy all there is to see and feel.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

From Tel Aviv, drove our rental car on Hwy 1 to Jerusalem. Used Google Maps to get to Damascus Gate parking, 60 shekels to park for the day. Bus Terminal in front with free public toilets (dirty). Took Bus No. 231, 27 shekels for four...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

The main church is an Orthodox Church. The art work that has been discovered as part of the restoration is well worth seeing but be aware there is scaffolding throughout the church. I was here as part of a pilgrimage and we celebrated mass in...More

Thank Philip H
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This church is built over caves that was considered the birth place of Jesus. As such it is considered a most holy site and marks the beginning of Christianity. This church is under the joint custody of the Roman Catholic, Armenian and Greek Orthodox churches....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very long wait caused by a chaotic queueing system, people push in to the queue or try to push past you, some people take far too long at the end. Only worth it if it means loads to you and you can accept other...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Would have been nice to know you were seeing the actual site but I guess that would be hard. Instead this is another glorified church. It was interesting to hear that probably the manger was in a cave and therefore this cave below the church...More

Thank Jotum
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

"Might be" the birthplace if Jesus. It's an interesting place with an interesting history. The ques to actually get a glimpse of "the spot" can be extremely long.

Thank Kevin P
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Church of the Nativity is built over the site where Jesus was born, but the whole thing has become very touristy with large crowds waiting to get in. The actual church is undergoing renovation and is not of great architectural interest, so we did...More

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Katherine E
7 May 2018|
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Response from Jeffrey L | Reviewed this property |
It probably depends on the time of year. We skipped the line at Christmas because we followed the Franciscan procession.
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Melisa C
4 February 2018|
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Response from endis | Reviewed this property |
Yes, no problems, however the columns are under repair and the main nave is covered with construction.
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Foncho11
27 June 2017|
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Response from Zoltan K | Reviewed this property |
You can do this attraction also alone without any guide.
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