27. 04. 2013.

UNESCO - 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. The site also includes Latin, Greek Orthodox, Franciscan and Armenian convents and churches, as well as bell towers, terraced gardens and a pilgrimage route.
The Church of the Nativity is still traditionally considered to be located over the cave that marks the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth. This is the Altar of the Nativity, beneath which is the star marking the spot where tradition says the Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus.

There was a looong queue in the church/basilica to see the 'place' where Jesus was supposedly born. After some tiresome waiting we realised that we can sneak in from the other side where everyone else was coming out :) In any case the feeling was too touristy. Much nicer atmosphere in the Garden of Gethsemane and the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem!

1 komentar:

  1. this is a beautiful place to visit, I must have been lucky that it wasn't too busy when I visited. The Palestinian stamps are very nice too.