Bethlehem Travel Guide

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Bethlehem Highlights

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     Religious/historical major sites 

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     always problems with the curfew 

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     The premier Christmas venue 

Bethlehem Things to Do

  • Church of the Nativity

    On Christmas day there were still hundreds, perhaps maybe a thousand, pilgrims in the town, in spite of the recent troubles. On other years tens of thousands have passed through during the Christmas period. In a sea of political tension, the mood at the Church was warm, joyous and exalting. It's a hard and difficult trip to Bethlehem, and some...

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  • Church of the Nativity: Grotto of the...

    this will be tip and pictures of the Small Grotto of the Nativity situated below the main altar of the Church of the Nativity where the Traditional site of Jesus Birth is marked by the Star and the Manger of the Nativity beside it, where Jesus was placed in a makeshift bed by the Virgin Mary. the line going to the Grotto can take hours specially if...

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  • Church of the Nativity: Main Altar &...

    this will be tips and pictures of the main altar of the Church of the Nativity, which is under the control of the Greek Orthodox Church and the side Chapels on each side of the main altar (altar to the three kings and Virgin Mary), which are under the Custody of the Armenian Apostolic Church.The Church of the Nativity is the star attraction of...

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  • Church of the Nativity: Main Apse and...

    This will be tips and pictures of some of the 44 main columns inside the Church of the Nativity decorated with Crusader era Paintings of the Holy Family and the floor mosaics being shown among the wooden trap doors in the Church.The Church of the Nativity is the star attraction of Bethlehem and is the reason for the vibrant tourist and Christian...

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  • Church of the Nativity: Door of Humility

    The Main Entrance to the Church of the Nativity is a small door that leads to a bigger wooden doors and finally to the Main Apse and Altar of the the Church. was created in Ottoman times to prevent carts being driven in by looters, and to force even the most important visitor to dismount from his horse as he entered the holy place. The doorway was...

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  • Church of the Nativity: Overview

    this will be a multi part tip of the Church of the NativityThe Church of the Nativity is the star attraction of Bethlehem and is the reason for the vibrant tourist and Christian Pilgrims from all over the world who congregate to this little town. It is also a Unesco World Heritage Site. The Church of the Nativity was built and demolished several...

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  • Church of Saint Catherine: the caves

    this will be my pictures around the caves and rock formations under the church which lies just a few feet away from the grotto of the nativity.The Church of Saint Catherine is just beside the Church of the Nativity, in fact, they are connected by a small doorway an is part of the Larger Church of the Nativity Complex. And while the Church of the...

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  • Church of Saint Catherine: Inside

    this will be my pictures of the church proper, where the latin patriarch says the christmas eve mass.The Church of Saint Catherine is just beside the Church of the Nativity, in fact, they are connected by a small doorway an is part of the Larger Church of the Nativity Complex. And while the Church of the Nativity is under the control of the Greek...

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  • Church of Saint Catherine: Courtyard

    this will be my pictures of the front and courtyard of the churchThe Church of Saint Catherine is just beside the Church of the Nativity, in fact, they are connected by a small doorway an is part of the Larger Church of the Nativity Complex. And while the Church of the Nativity is under the control of the Greek Orthodox Church, the Church of Saint...

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  • Milk Grotto Church 2

    Part two of of milk grotto tips with more pictures inside.The milk grotto is a Roman Catholic Grotto with a Chapel topside which is under the custody of the Francisan Order. The site is sacred as it is purpoted to be the site that the holy family hid during the slaughter of the of the Innocents that King Herod ordered then to destroy the Messiah....

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  • Milk Grotto Church 1

    this will be a two part tip with more pictures around the Grotto.The milk grotto is a Roman Catholic Grotto with a Chapel topside which is under the custody of the Francisan Order. The site is sacred as it is purpoted to be the site that the holy family hid during the slaughter of the of the Innocents that King Herod ordered then to destroy the...

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  • The Bethlehem Separation Barrier

    If The Lord Jesus was born at the present, then there will be no Christmas in Bethlehem nor would Joseph and Mary could go to Bethlehem for the registration required for the census and the Virgin Mary would not give birth at the traditional Manger. Plus the 3 Magi could not go to Bethlehem to honor Jesus due to the Separation Barrier. The west bank...

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Bethlehem Restaurants

  • Palestinian Cuisine and More

    The Bethlehem Panorama Tent Restaurant is one of the popular restaurant places in Bethlehem as the restaurant is situated at the 3rd floor of the Bethlehem Mall and sits next to it's sister restaurants, the Crystal Jade and Ballroom Restaurant and The Square Restaurant. The restaurant provides sweeping views of the Judean Mountains and the Hills...

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  • a very friendly Palestinian bar &...

    A very friendly restaurant/bar some 15 minutes walk from Manger square, in the new part of town... far enough to discourage tourists from going there. We had a wonderful evening, which ended up with people shouting "viva Italia, viva Palestina". We had a nargileh from heaven: green apple and mint! Recommended! Also, we had Taybeh beer (the only...

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  • creative spoofing

    Talking a walk from Manger square towards the modern city I happened to see a Starbucks cafe and wondered… geez, even here? It took a better observant husband to notice it was actually a creative spoofing called Stars and Bucks, a Palestinian-run café chain with its green logo modeled after the American Starbucks company. Of course I had to take a...

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Bethlehem Transportation

  • From Jerusalem

    To get here take Bus 22 from the main Arab bus station at Damascus Gate. Damascus Gate is where all the Arab buses depart from. Leaving the Old City from Damascus Gate, take a right, and the station is about 100 meters on the left. On Christmas day there is so much traffic from Jerusalem to Bethlehem that they commandeer all kinds of buses to run...

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  • Big Tour Buses from Jerusalem to...

    various tour companies and christian pilgrimage tours in jerusalem offer day tours to and from Bethlehem from jerusalem and to skirt the ban on Israelis going to West Bank without valid passes, the Drivers of the Tour Buses are often Israeli Arabs or Christians and your local Israeli Tour Guide will drop off near the Israeli Checkpoint and after...

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  • Bethlehem Taxis

    Like in any city in the world, Bethlehem has a number of taxi fleets run by different companies and most of the taxis here are colored yellow. off course you could not cross over to Jerusalem via the Bethlehem Taxis as they are only allowed up to near the Israeli Checkpoint at the Separation Barrier. if you are not on a Packaged tour of Bethlehem...

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Bethlehem Shopping

  • Three Arches Co. LTD Souvenir Shop

    the Three Arches Company Limited is one of the many Christian Souvenir Shops lining the long Manger Street Going to Manger Square and this is the partner shop of our Tour Company so we did most of our Bethlehem Souvenir shopping for Religious Items and more at this shop. The shop is owned by a Greek Orthodox Palestinian Arab Family and they even...

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  • Manger Square Shops

    there are many assorted shops, stalls, commercial establishments and even a wood carving factory lining the streets around Manger Square that sells everything from the secular like post cards, posters, paintings, wood carvings, to the religous like statues, crucifixes, madonna items and even jewish religious items like the menorah and kippa. the...

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  • Shops along Manger Street

    Manger Street is the main road going to Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity. It is considered the main shopping street of Bethlehem as the street is lined with commercial stalls, souvenir shops, cafe's, restaurants, food stalls, offices and a lot more. along this street, when you are walking towards Manger Square, you can buy lots of...

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Bethlehem Local Customs

  • Bethlehem Shot Glasses

    This will be my pictures on Bethlehem Shot GlassesI am an avid collector of Fridge Magnets and Shot Glasses of My Travels and buying them is a must, and on a Pilgrimage to Jesus Birthplace in Bethlehem, I must buy these favorite Items of mine and they have several souvenir shops around Bethlehem, the Bethlehem Mall and around the Church of the...

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  • Palestine Fridge Magnets

    I am an avid collector of Fridge Magnets and Shot Glasses of My Travels and buying them is must, and on a Pilgrimage to the Holyland, Many Christians around the world don't know that Bethlehem is not Part of Israel but part of the fledgeling Palestinian Nation, composes of Muslim and Christian Arabs. I must buy these favorite Items of mine and they...

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  • Bethlehem Fridge Magnets

    this will be my pictures of the Bethlehem Fridge MagnetsI am an avid collector of Fridge Magnets and Shot Glasses of My Travels and buying them is a must, and on a Pilgrimage to Jesus Birthplace in Bethlehem, I must buy these favorite Items of mine and they have several souvenir shops around Bethlehem, the Bethlehem Mall and around the Church of...

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Bethlehem Warnings and Dangers

  • Pesky Sellers

    like in any tourism centered area, Bethlehem has it's share of pesky sellers and touts, althought the street sellers here are not as haughty or agressive as the ones in Egypt, they still are pesky enough and they try to make you guilty of not buying their products by emotional blackmail like you are a christian on a pilgrimage and you are not...

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  • Bethlehem

    Firstly, let me say that I am a regular traveller to Israel (Jerusalem & Tiberias) and Palestine (West Bank - Bethlehem & Jericho). Over the last 12 months I've been four times to some wonderful places there and the warning of danger in Bethlehem, Jericho as well as Jerusalem are all overcooked, overstated and sometimes border on downright tabloid...

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  • Serious safety concerns

    The city feels surrealistic and out of civilised rationale world..despite the warm welcoming few locals that we have met, a marriage that we have assisted and the holly places that we have seen, the desertness of city, adds on the street and traces of bullets everywhere give u a distinct feeling that there are serious safety concerns and at any...

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Bethlehem Tourist Traps

  • Shopping Opportunity

    If you go on a ship's tour of Bethlehem you will be required by the Palestinian/Israeli agreement to be given a shopping opportunity.You know what this means! Being taken into a large, very commercial outlet with extremely high prices. Once you've had the sales pitch about some wood carving or something else you are free to browse but not to leave...

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  • The Church of the Holy Nativity

    Please don't think that I'm suggesting that you don't visit here ---I'm not!We had arrived on a cruise ship (Princess) tour and after parking we walked through the town to the church. Bethlehem was a shock: a thriving town of concrete rather than some idyllic scene of tranquility!In the church, we queued for over an hour to reach the grotto where...

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  • Johnny's Souvenir Shop - Don't go there,...

    I was talked into going to Bethlehem by a taxi driver who promptly brought me to Johnny's Souvenir shop to "purchase" a cross for "blessing" at the church of the nativity. When you go toJohnny's prepare to be pressured and fleeced. Shame on me that I let them fleece me. Please do not let it happen to you. I suspect the cab driver shared in the...

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Bethlehem Off The Beaten Path

  • Mass at St. Catherine Church Caves

    off course when being at the birthplace of Jesus Christ and on a Christian Pilgrimage, what better way than to experience being here is by celebrating mass just a few feet away from the traditional manger where Jesus was born is definitely priceless for a Christian!Inside the Church of Saint Catherine are a large church and below are a complex of...

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  • Milk Grotto Rock Powder with Prayer

    If you are a Roman Catholic and believe that the whitish stones found at the caves under the Milk Grotto Church are from the Milk Drops of the Virgin Mary on this site while the holy couple were leaving fro egypt during the holy innocents massacre by king herod, then you would buy the rock powder with the special marian prayer here from the...

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  • Mar Saba Monastery

    North East of Bethlehem in the Judean desert is to be found the extraordinary Mar Saba monastery, the biggest of the Judean monasteries. As was recognised centuries ago - to farm east of Bethlehem was madness in the arid, inhospitable desert - but perfect for monastic retreats!Mar Saba is a 5th century monastery built on the steep cliff face of the...

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Bethlehem Favorites

  • Palestinian Cuisine

    Palestinian Cuisine is similar to Jordanian and Other Cuisines in the Levant like lebanese and turkish as Palestine was under several groups of conquerors and each type contributed to the cuisine and like in other middle eastern countries, a meal will begin with the typical Pita Bread and assortd Mezze (small servings of vegetables and creamy dips)...

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  • Bethlehem

    Bethlehem is part of Palestine! a lot of christians around the world still doesn't now this as they tend to think that the City of David is still Part Of Israel. Bethlehem has different meanings from Arabic and Hebrew, it is called the house of meat in Arabic and House of Bread in Hebrew. Bethlehem has a rich history besides being the birthplace of...

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  • Bethlehem and Palestine Soft Drinks...

    Hey, Bethlehem is a touristy town so expect it to have all the creature comforts that a tourist or a person on a religious pilgrimage needs and one of these are softdrinks (or sodas as called in the United States) and the international soft drink companies have branches here at Palestinian West Bank and you can buy soft drinks everywhere like in...

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