Church of the Nativity
Church of the Nativity
4.5
5:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
5:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
5:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
5:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
5:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
5:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
5:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
5:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
To view top of the Nativity church we recommend you visit and do your shopping only at the Blessings gift shop and The olive wood factory just 2 minutes walk next door to milk grotto church.Destroyed and rebuilt in the 6th century and renovated in the 11th century by the crusaders, this is the oldest Church in the Holy Land that is still in use.Built over the Grotto of the Nativity by Constantine in 325 A.D.
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  • Busylady21
    West Allis, Wisconsin170 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We sang by the site of Jesus birth.
    Try to go during a less busy time. We were told that sometimes there is a four hour wait to get in. We visited in the late afternoon. Remember to have something to cover knees and shoulders as most churches require modesty. The steps are steep and without rails, but manageable for most. The experience is a must do for any "Holy Land" tour.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,313 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Where the story of Jesus begins
    The Church of the Nativity is where, according to tradition, the story of Jesus, Mary and Joseph begins. It's said to be the birthplace of Jesus. The Church of the Nativity is quite spectacular; there is always a crowd, so expect to wait an hour or so to see the birthplace of Jesus. The Church of Nativity is in Manger Square, in Bethlehem, which is in the Palestinian Territories. By the way, you can get a good lunch, it's a tad disorganized, but it works.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 28, 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,313 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The place where Jesus was born
    The Church of the Nativity is said to be the place where Jesus was born. "Nativity" means "Jesus' place of birth." The Church is in Bethlehem, on the West Bank. The Church of the Nativity is often crowded by Christian pilgrims; it is often time-consuming to enter the Church. Most Christians agree the pilgrimage to the Church of the Nativity is worthwhile. The interior decoration of the Church of the Nativity is enthralling. Nearby ion Nativity Square is a well-patronized restaurant that serves enjoyable Middle Eastern-style cuisine.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 26, 2024
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,313 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
The Church of the Nativity is said to be the place where Jesus was born. "Nativity" means "Jesus' place of birth." The Church is in Bethlehem, on the West Bank. The Church of the Nativity is often crowded by Christian pilgrims; it is often time-consuming to enter the Church. Most Christians agree the pilgrimage to the Church of the Nativity is worthwhile. The interior decoration of the Church of the Nativity is enthralling. Nearby ion Nativity Square is a well-patronized restaurant that serves enjoyable Middle Eastern-style cuisine.
Written February 27, 2024
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Daniel L
Apex, NC656 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
You will hear stories of how crowded this place is, and they are absolutely true. You have to fight to get your way into the grotto.

The church itself is quite beautiful and well-constructed, but you're going to be getting quite an eyeful of the initial interior as you wait for a loooong time to descend to the grotto.
Written December 4, 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,313 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
The Church of the Nativity is where, according to tradition, the story of Jesus, Mary and Joseph begins. It's said to be the birthplace of Jesus. The Church of the Nativity is quite spectacular; there is always a crowd, so expect to wait an hour or so to see the birthplace of Jesus. The Church of Nativity is in Manger Square, in Bethlehem, which is in the Palestinian Territories. By the way, you can get a good lunch, it's a tad disorganized, but it works.
Written October 28, 2023
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realtangobabe
NEW ZEALAND73 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
If you are hoping to come here to have a spiritual experience you will be sorely disappointed. the queues to see the cave where Christ is supposed to be born are very long but what’s worse is there is no attempt to manage the queues. So people push and shove to jostle for a position and crowd down into the crypt.For the older people in our group it is as stressful and at times frightening. Once down there people snap photos and selfies and then have to move straight on.

My advice is don’t even try to go down into the cave it’s totally not worth it and instead spend time at the Shepherds fields a few kilometres away which are peaceful and serene and will give you a much better sense of what it would have been like.
Written September 18, 2023
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Tarquin Montague
Dymchurch, UK56 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Business
The PA and I visited here on a coach tour driven by the wonderful Makmood; who made sure the vehicle was driven and parked safely and correctly, he was so good in fact I enquired if he could give the PA some lessons given that he wrote off my car (luxury German) a few months back. When we arrived there was no queue whatsoever and we just waltzed straight in (did the PA call ahead?). A member of our tour asked if I had any water in my Louis Vuitton bag, I don’t know who they thought I am as they spoke to me like I was a bus driver (they sell water). Upon entering the cave my top hat hit the roof and fell off, the PA placed it back on my head back to front which resulted in me shouting obscenities at him; this was met with me being shushed! The chamber in the cave was rather small and claustrophobic and also poorly lit, this meant when the PA took my portrait the flash went off which resulted in further tutting. After being ushered out I was feeling low on energy and was surprised to find there was no cafe or even a Starbucks attached to this establishment, there was also no gift shop; I had been hoping to buy young Isambard a gift. Overall it was worth seeing the supposed birthplace of Isa ibn Maryam, however you’re rushed through without time to set up your tripod. I had also been expecting to find a meet and greet set up where you could get a photo with the messiah.
Written September 8, 2023
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Busylady21
West Allis, WI170 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Try to go during a less busy time. We were told that sometimes there is a four hour wait to get in. We visited in the late afternoon. Remember to have something to cover knees and shoulders as most churches require modesty. The steps are steep and without rails, but manageable for most. The experience is a must do for any "Holy Land" tour.
Written July 20, 2023
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Laura R
Guttenberg, NJ305 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
The Church is beautiful. It has an open area, and a side church. You must get on line to see the Nativity and the line can take an hour or more. It gets very crowded.
Written July 1, 2023
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wtmsw
Reine, Norway30 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
waited for a very, very long time to see the Star of Bethlehem and didn't get ten seconds to look at it.
there were multiple people trying to cut in line and this guy said he works there so he could take people and squeeze in front of others who have been waiting for hours "it's not cutting because I work here" while flipping his badge (? not sure if it's even real) at us. very rude. it's sad if he's truly employed by the church for them to hire someone without manners or integrity.
Written June 10, 2023
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Tracey
Forster, Australia366 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
A must unfortunately we were apart of an organised tour only 7 people but it was such a rush as our guide from Israel is not allowed into Palestine we changed cars on the boarder the guide and driver for Palestine were so fast driving- walking and speaking the whole tour we were done within an hour - I couldn’t get answer to why ? Because of the unrest between the two.
Even so the church of nativity was amazing to see. I believe it would be better if they can time people so they didn’t push each other and hog religious points of interest
Written June 5, 2023
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MoreTravel278
Melbourne, Australia126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This is likely to be your experience.: You will line up for quite some time in the Basilica of the Nativity with a very large number of other people as you inch slowly closer to a series of narrow, steep steps down to the grotto.

In the grotto you will experience a stuffy atmosphere in a small confine with everybody jostling to experience a few seconds under the curtain at the main alter before being directed out. It will not be a peaceful experience.

That was our experience but we were fortunate enough to be staying nearby and went again the next morning at 5:30am and experienced the grotto with only a few others (and no line to get in) and were delighted to be part of a mass in the grotto with an Italian group of about 20. A very peaceful, contemplative experience.

My tip: go early!
Written May 25, 2023
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