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Church of the Nativity

The oldest continuously operating church in the world, the Church of the Nativity was commissioned in the year 327 by Emperor Constantine I and his mother, Saint Helena, built over the site considered by most Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus. Destroyed by fire and then rebuilt in the 6th century, the church was used until 1131 as the coronation site for European Crusades-era kings, and has since been widely expanded.

The 4,000-foot complex now includes the main basilica, run by the Greek Orthodox Church; the Roman Catholic, Gothic Revival-style Church of St. Catherine; the Grotto, an underground shrine to the birth of Jesus; and a bas-relief sculpture of the Tree of Jesse, a symbol of Jesus’ genealogy, bequeathed to the church by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009.

Listed as a Heritage Site in 2012, this is first UNESCO site to be set in Palestine; its nomination sparked fierce opposition from both the United States and Israel.  Presently in a state of worrisome disrepair due to ongoing water damage, the church has been placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger and approved by the Palestinian Authority for a multi-million dollar restoration.

In the meantime, the church is open to the public, and visitor information can be found here: http://www.bethlehem.custodia.org/

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Day Tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Tel Aviv

4.5 star rating: Recommended 89 Reviews

Escape the hustle and bustle of Tel Aviv, and discover the roots of different religions on this inspiring day trip to Jerusalem and Bethlehem.  These ...  Read more

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.00

2-Day Best of Israel Tour from Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Masada & the Dead Sea

4.5 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

Indulge both body and soul on the 2-Day Best of Israel Tour from Tel Aviv.  After an action-packed day exploring the ancient biblical cities of Jerusalem ...  Read more

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $270.00

Day Tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem

4 star rating: Recommended 44 Reviews

Discover the roots of different religions and cultures on this inspiring day trip to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. These ancient Holy Land towns will provide you ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $104.00

Little Town of Bethlehem Half Day Trip from Tel Aviv

4 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Take a half day tour from Tel Aviv to Bethlehem, and discover the town famed as the birthplace of Jesus. Tracing the events of the Nativity, this comprehensive ...  Read more

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.00

2-Day Best of Israel Tour: Old Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Masada & the Dead Sea

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Indulge both body and soul on the 2-Day Best of Israel Tour. After an action-packed day exploring the ancient biblical cities of Jerusalem and Bethlehem, ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $270.00

Little Town of Bethlehem Half Day Trip from Jerusalem

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 27 Reviews

Take a half day tour from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, and discover the town famed as the birthplace of Jesus. Tracing the events of the Nativity, this ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.00

Christmas Eve in Israel: Jerusalem Sightseeing Tour with Dinner and Midnight Mass Viewing in Bethlehem

See popular sites of the Holy Land on this full-day Christmas Eve tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem! Visit revered Christian basilicas like the Church of the ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00

4-Day Christian and Jewish Sacred Sites Tour: Jerusalem, Jericho, Bethlehem and Nazareth

This immersive 4-day tour from Jerusalem takes you on an inspiring journey into Israel’s religious history. Gain fascinating insight into biblical tales from ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $630.00

Jerusalem Super Saver: Day Tours of Jerusalem and Bethlehem and City of David and Underground Jerusalem

See the best of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and the City of David by combining two fascinating full-day tours at a discounted price! Experience the top sights of ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $169.20
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4-Day Christian and Jewish Sacred Sites Tour from Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Jericho, Bethlehem and Nazareth

Immerse yourself in Israel’s religious history and heritage on this incredible 4-day tour from Tel Aviv. Visit the most noteworthy Christian and Jewish holy ...  Read more

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $630.00

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