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Church of the Nativity: Tours & Tickets

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$20 fee to skip The Line With Guide for whole group.Built over the Grotto of the Nativity by Constantine in 325 A.D., destroyed and rebuilt in the 6th century and renovated in the 11th century by the crusaders, this is the oldest Church in the Holy...more
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| Manger Square .15 minutes walking from bus 231, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Glad I visited one time. Was pushed through. A lot of people, and frankly, some people bordered on rude. A must see if you have not been there..but not a great spiritual feeling for me.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Believed by many christians to be the birthplace of Christ, no visit to Jerusalem is complete without this trip to Bethlehem and the West Bank area of Palestine to see this lovely church

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank highimpactuk
Reviewed 2 days ago

No visit to the west bank is complete unless you visit here. We were on a tour from Jerusalem so had to change busses several times to get to Bethlehem and Jericho. It was very crowded and the line to see the birthplace was very...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Benhur05
Reviewed 1 week ago

This church, one of the oldest in the world, was built by Constantine the Great in the fourth century, rebuilt using much of the original materials by Justinian in the sixth century, and rebuilt again incorporating much of the originals by the Crusaders in the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Donna M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The site was beautiful altogether! The priests were really nice and provided explanations for everything that we asked. It was full of tourists singing their Christian songs and provided a plus of spirituality.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank AndreiM9211
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is very busy . So quick tip go to see the manger around six in the morning. No one really there and you do not have to q and you do not have to q

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Cdr10gaa
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don’t let a trip to the West Bank deter you from making this trip. It was just like walking through the Bible. I felt incredibly safe and never did I feel uneasy. The church is beautiful. The crowd is massive. The line moved fairly well...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank indybrad
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm using this space to describe a self-organised day trip because I can't find anywhere else on TripAdvisor to explain what we did & which may be useful to other people. We visit Israel regularly to see family but haven't 'done' Bethlehem. We felt it...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank WinstonSophie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When in this part of the world, a Must Do, whether Christian or not. Beautiful church, interesting historical perspective. Under some construction. Probably always crowded but SO worth it.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank PasssionateTraveler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Gorgeous with beautiful Lebanese wood roof . Jesse was born here so it really wouldn’t matter what it looked like . Check on mass times before you visit because Jesus area could be closed .

Date of experience: October 2019
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Annika I
2 August 2019|
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Response from nyackgirl47 | Reviewed this property |
I would highly recommend that you reach out to Michael Jackaman Tours in Bethlehem, to arrange a tour. He knows all of the ins and outs, timing, best time to get to the church, where to take you, how to try to avoid the... More
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Katherine E
7 May 2018|
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Response from AllOver1 | Reviewed this property |
We went about 3 in the afternoon and there was virtually no line. We walked right in. It was fairly crowded inside but not too bad
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64melisac
4 February 2018|
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Response from endis | Reviewed this property |
Yes, no problems, however the columns are under repair and the main nave is covered with construction.
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