Church of the Nativity

Local nameكنيسة المهد
LocationBeit Jala, Palestinian territories

One of the oldest operating Christian churches in the world, it has been recognized to mark the birthplace of Jesus Christ since the 2nd century. It is thus a prime pilgrimage site and a major Christian religious site that was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012.

The original church completed in 339 AD was replaced with a basilica in the 6th century. It is believed to be built over the cave where Christ was born - the holy site is known as the Grotto. Apart from that, note the columns decorated with paintings of saints and the mosaics on the floor and the walls.

Tags 360° ContentPilgrimageRoman CatholicPlace of WorshipReligious SiteHistorical BuildingChristianBasilicaUNESCOChurchNeo-Gothic ArchitectureRomanesque Architecture
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Opening hours

Summer: 6:30 am - 7:30 pm
Winter: 5:30 am - 6 pm

Closed on Sunday mornings.

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Official website

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UNESCO website

Coordinates 31°42'15.472" N 35°12'26.869" E

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