Bethlehem

These photos were taken at the Church of the Nativity and the adjoining church called Saint Catherine’s. The first photo is of a Bethlehem street where we got some killer falafel!
It is located in Bethlehem, West Bank (Palestinian territory) and it is the official birthplace of Jesus.
The church was originally commissioned in 327 AD by Constantine and his mother Helena over the site that is still traditionally considered to be located over the cave that marks the place JC was born. The Church of the Nativity site’s original basilica was completed in 339 AD and destroyed by fire during in the sixth century AD. A new basilica was built in 565 AD by the Byzantine Empire. Because of it’s location- it holds a prominent religious significance to both Christians and Muslims.

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