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If you're in Bethlehem, it's definitely worth going to the Sanctuary (and the Church of the Nativity, of course), but I found the shrine area pretty gaudy. I did like the mosaics on the wall, though; they were interesting. Also interesting was the teeny entry...More
We came by bus to Bethlehem from Jerusalem, thinking that we would walk from where it stopped for all passengers to disembark. Fortunately, one very persistent (but nice with it !) taxi driver persuaded us to let him take us to the places that he...More
I went with a tour guide on that day to Bethlehem and I was amazed to see how tiny the door to enter the church really was. The lines were very long to go to the place of the birth of Jesus...however, my tour guide...More
Essentially, this is the Church of the Nativity. The church is still being renovated, but now you can see renovated portions, including floor mosaics and columns.
You descend a few steps to access what was the manger where Jesus was born, a silver star said...More
they have been renovating the site for years, and now you see the beautiful mosaics in the upper part of the church, it much brighter, and we were lucky we were just before an armenian procession and there were fewer people in the mid afternoon,...More
It was wonderful visiting the site of the birth of Jesus and this beautiful church. There is much restoration happening and this old and the new are just beautiful. From hanging lanterns to gold mosaics to the birth location of Christ. Immediately get in line...More
We were queued up for an hour or more, not in the church itself, but in a line to the star. The star in the ground marks where Jesus was born. The spot was crowded, the people were ugly, and it may have been the...More
This is the inside the Church of Nativity and touching the Star where Christ the Saviour was born was a dream come true for me.Its a little narrow and with all the work going on it can be an ardous task but we were very...More