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Church of the Nativity

Open Now: 5:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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$20 fee to skip The Line With Guide for whole group.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...more
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| Manger Square .15 minutes walking from bus 231, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
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You do not need to pay to visit! I went around 2PM and it was very very busy and disorganised and hot - bring a fan as there are none there! To see the site where Jesus was born please note there are two entrances...More

Thank ThomasUK1
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a very historic place but can be very crowded. You will wait hours in a hot, sweaty line to see the star marker signifying where Jesus was born. Go if you don’t mind crowds!

Thank JimW551
Reviewed 4 days ago

The birthplace of Jesus - one of the very holy, significant and special sites in Bethlehem. Definitely a 'must' when in Bethlehem but our advice is to go there as early as you can - extremely busy and the line to see the grotto snakes...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

The throngs of people is absolutely overwhelming and the lines snakes around the Nativity church for hours. I remember twenty years ago when I could visit the site with hardly anyone around. Unfortunately or fortunately, people are able to travel more these days, and important...More

Thank Alberto C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The church has a small entrance that you must stoop to enter. The church is under some renovation but still inside is beautifully decorated. My main reason to visit here was to see the birth place of Jesus.. the manger is down stairs and the...More

Thank Coryy20
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a must if you have managed to get yo Bethlehem, but this must be the worst organised historic site I've ever seen. People push in (usually with paid guides) nobody obeys the rules, in fact I don't think there are any rules. Entry is...More

Thank traveller7of9
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This church is taken care of by the Greek Orthodox. The church is heavily adorned with icons and icon lamps. We walked Thru the small entry way of the church, and stood in a long line for about an hour. People were talking and became...More

Thank Phylly M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at Casa Nova, which is right next to the Church of Nativity. We were able to wake up early and wait for the grotto to open, so we can come down to visit the place where Jesus was born. Every day, there was...More

Thank tien407
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The church is having half of the sanctuary dug up to excavate down to the original flooring and so half is portioned closed. It makes for a crowded popular place very tight. Best to go early to miss some of the crowds . Still impressive...More

Thank evanses5
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You enter through a very short door into the Greek Orthodox Church which has a spectacular altar. On the right side of that church is the line to the location of the birth of Jesus. When we were there the wait time was only 1...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.
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.
27 June 2017|
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Response from Zoltan K | Reviewed this property |
You can do this attraction also alone without any guide.