As Christians prepare to celebrate Christmas, their thoughts turn to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Christians associate Christ and Bethlehem with Micah’s prophecy: “But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days” (Mic. 5:2).
When people go to Bethlehem, one place everyone wants to see is the Church of the Nativity, the place where tradition says Jesus was born.
However, there are other places in Bethlehem that also attract tourists. Travelujah has prepared a list of 10 places to visit when traveling to Bethlehem. Click here to read the descriptions and see the pictures of 10 places one should visit in Bethlehem.
No disagreements with the list, but I’d also point out that under the Church of St Catherine are the caves / monastic cells where St Jerome translated the Scriptures.
Those interested in the politics might also try to visit the Holy Land Trust which is unusual as a Christian based organisation promoting non- violence among the Palestinian leadership. (turn right out of the Holy Natvity piazza, and then left down the main road for about 1/2 km).
Thank you for this information. It is sad that many people who visit Bethlehem only visit one or two of the many sites that are available to tourists.
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