Church of the Nativity (Basilica of the Nativity) is a Christian church situated in Bethlehem near Jerusalem, Israel. The church was originally commissioned in the 4th century but wasn't completed until the 6th century. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most sacred places for Christians as it contains the grotto seen as the birthplace of Jesus. The church itself has been improved and expanded since its original completion, it contains three monasteries, one Greek Orthodox, one Armenian Apostolic and another Roman Catholic. The church is one of the world most significant religious sites.
The church is situated in Bethlehem, Palestine in the West Bank around 10 km south of Jerusalem. The church is actually not simple to get to with public transport so it is best to use a taxi or local tour firm to visit the church.
Opening Times and Admission
The church is open from 6.30am-7.30pm Monday to Saturday in the summer months. In the winter the church is open 5.30am-5pm Monday to Saturday.