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  • Address: Israel
  • Hours: Summer: 6:30am - 7:30pm. Winter: 5:30am - 6pm.

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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/

Tours & Tickets

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Bethlehem and Jericho Tour From Jerusalem, Jerusalem, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Bethlehem and Jericho Tour From Jerusalem

Your journey begins with a drive through the Judean Desert en route to Jericho. You will enjoy the surrounding scenery as you head to Jericho, the oldest city ...  Read more

Location: Bethlehem, Israel
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $131.00
One Day Tour: St George Monastery, Wadi Qelt Jericho, Mar Saba and Bethlehem, Bethlehem, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

One Day Tour: St George Monastery, Wadi Qelt Jericho, Mar Saba and Bethlehem

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Private tour with guide driver to Wadi Qelt, Mar Saba and Bethlehem. After meeting in Bethlehem side, the tour starts by visiting St George Monastery then a ...  Read more

Location: Bethlehem, Israel
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $250.00
Day Trip to Jerusalem from Eilat, Eilat, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Day Trip to Jerusalem from Eilat

Take a day tour from Eilat to Jerusalem. Tour the holiest city of the 3 major religions in the world. See the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, ...  Read more

Location: Eilat, Israel
Duration: 16 hours (approx.)

From USD $688.00
Jerusalem and Bethlehem Private Christian Tour from Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Jerusalem and Bethlehem Private Christian Tour from Tel Aviv

Journey from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and Bethlehem with your expert English-speaking guide. Travel back in time as you explore the sites of Jesus' birth, death ...  Read more

Location: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $600.00
Dead Sea Jerusalem Jericho and Bethlehem Day Tour from Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Cultural Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Dead Sea Jerusalem Jericho and Bethlehem Day Tour from Tel Aviv

Starting from Tel Aviv, travel to four of Israel's highlights. Descend through the Judean Desert to Jericho, the lowest city on earth, and tour this famous ...  Read more

Location: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Bethlehem and Jericho from Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Bethlehem and Jericho from Tel Aviv

This full-day, small-group tour will take you back in time to visit several ancient sites. Travel both to Jericho and Bethlehem, where you take in the ...  Read more

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

From USD $142.00
Small Group Bethlehem Old Quarter Walking Tour, Bethlehem, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Small Group Bethlehem Old Quarter Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Explore Bethlehem's old quarters with your English-speaking, Palestinian guide. Visit historic landmarks and gain insight into hidden secrets on this 2-hour ...  Read more

Location: Bethlehem, Israel
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.00
Bethlehem Jericho Dead Sea Qumran Day Tour from Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Walking Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Bethlehem Jericho Dead Sea Qumran Day Tour from Tel Aviv

Departing from Tel Aviv, this one day tour takes you to four of Israel's most popular sites. Discover Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus and visit some of its ...  Read more

Location: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $89.00
Jerusalem and Bethlehem Private Christian Tour from Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Jerusalem and Bethlehem Private Christian Tour from Jerusalem

Jerusalem and Bethlehem private tour with your expert English-speaking guide. Travel back in time as you explore the sites of Jesus' birth, death and ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $600.00
Half Day Bethlehem Tour from Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Christian Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

Half Day Bethlehem Tour from Tel Aviv

Visit the birthplace of Jesus Christ and childhood home of David. Walk through Manger Square at the heart of the city, and visit the Church of the Nativity. ...  Read more

Location: Bethlehem, Israel
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.00

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