The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is a major Christian holy site, as it marks the traditional place of Christ's birth. It is also one of the oldest surviving Christian churches.

The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is a major Christian holy site, as it marks the traditional place of Christ's birth. It is also one of the oldest surviving Christian churches.

Litany Lane: Wed, Dec 26, 2012 - Litany Lane Blog: Canticle, Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59, Psalms 31:3-21,Matthew 10:17-22, St Stephen, The Presentation of Infant Jesus in the Temple, Bethlehem

Litany Lane: Wed, Dec 26, 2012 - Litany Lane Blog: Canticle, Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59, Psalms 31:3-21,Matthew 10:17-22, St Stephen, The Presentation of Infant Jesus in the Temple, Bethlehem

The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem (a Palestinian city in the central West Bank, south of Jerusalem) is one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. The structure is built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth, & thus it is considered sacred by Christians. The church is administered jointly by Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic & Armenian Apostolic authorities, maintaining monastic communities on the site. - Photo: Bruce Bryant

The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem (a Palestinian city in the central West Bank, south of Jerusalem) is one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. The structure is built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth, & thus it is considered sacred by Christians. The church is administered jointly by Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic & Armenian Apostolic authorities, maintaining monastic communities on the site. - Photo: Bruce Bryant

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. UNESCO World Heritage Site newly inscribed in 2012. #world #heritage

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. UNESCO World Heritage Site newly inscribed in 2012. #world #heritage

Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem.  Birthplace of Jesus on left, manger location on right.

Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem. Birthplace of Jesus on left, manger location on right.

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

*CHURCH of the NATIVITY~In 326,Constantine+his mother St.Helena commisioned a church to be built over the cave.This first church,dedicated on May31,339, had an octagonal floor plan+was placed directly above the cave. In the center, a 4-meter-wide hole surrounded by a railing provided a view of the cave. Portions of the floor mosaic survive from this period.St. Jerome lived+worked in Bethlehem from384AD+he was buried in a cave beneath the Church of the Nativity - Bethlehem,State of Palestine.

*CHURCH of the NATIVITY~In 326,Constantine+his mother St.Helena commisioned a church to be built over the cave.This first church,dedicated on May31,339, had an octagonal floor plan+was placed directly above the cave. In the center, a 4-meter-wide hole surrounded by a railing provided a view of the cave. Portions of the floor mosaic survive from this period.St. Jerome lived+worked in Bethlehem from384AD+he was buried in a cave beneath the Church of the Nativity - Bethlehem,State of Palestine.

The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. The structure is built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth and is considered sacred, primarily by Christians, but also by Muslims.

The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. The structure is built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth and is considered sacred, primarily by Christians, but also by Muslims.

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