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“Too big a crowd”

Church of the Nativity
Ranked #6 of 20 things to do in Bethlehem
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: $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
Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

No control over the crowd. Long queues. Lots of noise. Not necessary to go with a guide but dress modestly.

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Reviewed 2 May 2018

A must see place to visit while on your Holy land pilgrimage. Birthplace of Jesus is marked by a star and the manger is by the side of the marked birth place . Depending on the time and month of visit it could be a long or short queue to get in.
We lined up for 2.5 hours in a bright afternoon (2.30pm) in April . On the next day we had a second visit around 6pm there were only very few people , and took us only 45 minutes . Again depending on the rush , you may get only a minute or few minutes to pray at the start marked birthplace. The caretakers are sometimes bit hard at people in order to control the rush ( no blame at all). The birthplace and manger are under the alter of the nativity church , narrow stairs are a matter of concern during rush times.
Our guide advised us to be prayerful , and bring up the intentions in our hearts while waiting in the queue as we get only very few minutes to kiss the start marked birthplace . It helped us a lot . A very blessed place , real blessing for all visitors.

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Reviewed 2 May 2018

We were travelling as a group of 11 and our Israel guide had to leave us before entering into the Palestinian controlled area. The churches are vaguely interesting and the supposed site of Jesus birth pretty disappointing.
Our Palestinian guide did get us past the long line to get to the crypt and was a useful source of information but the store he represented had more interesting things to offer than this particular site.
There are steep stairs and grumpy priests to get past to get down to the Jesus birth site and you need good walking shoes. The place is very crowded and quite noisy. It is currently also undergoing renovation.
Been there, won't go back.

1  Thank kiwisc0t
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

Right. This place is certainly worth visiting but I was slightly disappointed by the fact that the birth place inside the church is difficult to access - narrow stairs and not much space. But seeing a place of such huge historical and religious importance is quite a meaningful experience, as is a visit to one of the most famous and special towns in the world.

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Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

Our group had to wait 3 hours in long hot noisy lineups with pushy people. It was not a very religious or spiritual visit for me.

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