Learn about Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in centuries past and see its ancient and enduring treasure, the Church of the Nativity.

Learn about Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in centuries past and see its ancient and enduring treasure, the Church of the Nativity.

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The Church of the Nativity, located in the heart of Bethlehem, is the most sacred site in the Christian faith, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, marked by the Church of the Nativity. This, of course, is no ordinary church; the entryway is extremely small, while inside, visitors are exposed to a vast nave and beautiful mosaics and artwork. The Nativity Church Bethlehem is not only the oldest church in Israel, but it is one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world.

The Church of the Nativity, located in the heart of Bethlehem, is the most sacred site in the Christian faith, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, marked by the Church of the Nativity. This, of course, is no ordinary church; the entryway is extremely small, while inside, visitors are exposed to a vast nave and beautiful mosaics and artwork. The Nativity Church Bethlehem is not only the oldest church in Israel, but it is one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world.

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Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem
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Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem/Palestine/The inscribed property is situated 10 km south of Jerusalem on the site identified by Christian tradition as the birthplace of Jesus since the 2nd century. A church was first completed there in ad 339 and the edifice that replaced it after a fire in the 6th century retains elaborate floor mosaics from the original building

Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem/Palestine/The inscribed property is situated 10 km south of Jerusalem on the site identified by Christian tradition as the birthplace of Jesus since the 2nd century. A church was first completed there in ad 339 and the edifice that replaced it after a fire in the 6th century retains elaborate floor mosaics from the original building

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The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem - it is built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth.

The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem - it is built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth.

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New in 2012: Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem
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Explore Bethlehem: City of David and Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity

Explore Bethlehem: City of David and Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity

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The Church of the Nativity, venerated by Christians as the birthplace of Jesus, may become a World Heritage Site, if the committee deems it holds "outstanding universal value" as part of the world's natural and cultural heritage. It would be the first such site in the Palestinian Territories.  [Image Album: In Photos: The Birthplace of Jesus - Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Managing Editor - Date: June 15, 2012 Time: 01:18 PM ET]

The Church of the Nativity, venerated by Christians as the birthplace of Jesus, may become a World Heritage Site, if the committee deems it holds "outstanding universal value" as part of the world's natural and cultural heritage. It would be the first such site in the Palestinian Territories. [Image Album: In Photos: The Birthplace of Jesus - Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Managing Editor - Date: June 15, 2012 Time: 01:18 PM ET]

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Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank, is one of the oldest surviving churches in existence today. It is traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ.

Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank, is one of the oldest surviving churches in existence today. It is traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ.

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