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Church of the Nativity

| Manger Square .15 minutes walking from bus 231, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
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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 Land that is still in use.$20 fee to skip The Line With Guide for whole group
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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| Manger Square .15 minutes walking from bus 231, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Church of Nativity is the one of the Churches built by Constantine that is still standing, presently, it is undergoing construction. The image of Jerome is there and many others but more importantly is the place inside the church where our Lord as baby was...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great to see, but just be patient with the queues to see the birth place of Christ and the manger Christ was placed in.

Thank A10KJN
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited in late afternoon and there was no queues. the church is small and simple but the real draw here is the grotto where the birthplace of Jesus is located. Advice- using the arab bus from damascus gate in east jerusalem is fine, no...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The place is crowded but very interesting to see. I recommend a visit, since it is Bethlehem and the Church of Nativity. If you can figure out a less crowded time of day to visit, please consider going at that time. If not, you will...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This past Christmas Eve, my wife and I visited the Church of the Nativity. When we made our way through all the security from the Main Street to the church and entered, we both had goose bumps yet were filled with peace. The sort of...More

Thank Chris T
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We're glad it's open when we visited Israel last year. It doesn't open all the time; it was open during the Christmas time when we visit Israel. We took a half day tour to Bethlehem from Jerusalem. It really worth the trip. Besides seeing Jesus'...More

Thank VM K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful church. Currently undergoing some construction. I would recommend visiting as early as possible to avoid the crowds. We arrived around 10:00 am, and had little delay in visiting the manger under the high altar.

Thank deaftraveler
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Few km from Jerusalem The nativity Church is the only church that was never destroyed before The the manger square u enter the small door of the church and u ll find yourself between the columns of the First church built by Emperor Constantine Mother...More

Thank Antoine D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are a believing Christian then there is no question but that you WILL want to do this. Will it be worth it? Maybe. Bethlehem depends on tourism for income. If there are few tourists things are economically very bad for locals especially for...More

Thank Alison R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sent my family to Bethlehem Came back very disappointed Long queues,touts asking for 50 dollars to put you on fast track Disgusting behavior The only good thing was Majid the taxi man The whole atmosphere in this church is like a Middle eastern shuk

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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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