Gallery: Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

The Church of the Nativity is located in Bethlehem, in the West Bank, Israel (Palestinian Territory). It is believed that the church sits upon the exact spot where Jesus was born. The star with the hole in it in the picture above marks the location. Such stars are seen throughout the Holy Land for major Christian sites, their purpose being to prevent visitors from taking “souvenirs” of the sites. The idea behind them being that visitors may put their hand through these stars to touch the living rock of the religious location, but the confined quarters prevent people from taking a piece of the location, which was a common problem in the past.

Reading companion for this Site: A 1st Century Traveler’s Guide to Palestine, a very interesting $4 Kindle book that does a great job of putting the reader into the experience of exploring the holy land in the 1st century AD. I read this while in the Holy Land and it greatly enriched the experience.
The truly adventurous who like to do their own exploring can check out Walking Palestine: 25 Journeys into the West Bank.

Further information on this Site is available below the gallery.

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