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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/

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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

Spend a day exploring the historic cities of Jericho and Bethlehem on this 8-hour tour from Jerusalem. Drive through the Judean Desert en route to Jericho. ...  Read more

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

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

Private Day Tour: St. George's Monastery, Wadi Qelt, Mar Saba, and Bethlehem

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Enjoy a comprehensive overview of historic Bethlehem and around on this 8-hour private tour. You'll visit religious monuments, including St. George's ...  Read more

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

From USD $250.00
Christmas Eve Tour to Jerusalem and Midnight Mass in Bethlehem from Herzliya, Herzliya, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Christmas Eve Tour to Jerusalem and Midnight Mass in Bethlehem from Herzliya

Spend Christmas in the Holy Land. Experience Christmas Eve in Bethlehem, spend Christmas Day in Jerusalem and join the celebrations in the Church of the Holy ...  Read more

Location: Herzliya, Israel
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $169.00
Private Day Trip to Dead Sea, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem from Eilat, Eilat, Cultural Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Day Trip to Dead Sea, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem from Eilat

Visit the Dead Sea, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem on a full-day, private tour from Eilat. Enjoy the personalized experience and flexibility of a private tour that ...  Read more

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

From USD $734.00
Dead Sea Jerusalem Jericho and Bethlehem Day Tour from Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Day Trips
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 Jericho Dead Sea Qumran Day Tour from Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Bethlehem Jericho Dead Sea Qumran Day Tour from Tel Aviv

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

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 $670.00
West Bank Highlights Day Tour from Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Christian Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

West Bank Highlights Day Tour from Tel Aviv

This full day highlights tour of the West Bank and Palestinian Territories departs weekly from Tel Aviv. The tour will take you to all of the most visited ...  Read more

Location: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00
Bethlehem and Jericho from Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Full-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Bethlehem and Jericho from Tel Aviv

Go back in time to visit several ancient sites on this 10-hour small-group tour to Bethlehem and Jericho from Tel Aviv. Take in amazing historical highlights, ...  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 1 Review

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

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