Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

Make a pilgrimage to Church of the Nativity along with the many visitors to this World Heritage Site and Christian holy site that's believed to stand over the cave where Jesus Christ was born. The emperor Constantine originally built this church in the 4th century CE. Some elements of his original temple, like the pink columns of polished limestone, remain, though most of the church as it stands today originated in the Justinian reconstruction of the 6th century. Whiles there, walk through the door of humility, small enough to force everyone to dismount their horses upon entry, and down the steps to the grotto where believers say Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ. To visit Church of the Nativity on your trip to Bethlehem, use our Bethlehem road trip site .
Create an itinerary including Church of the Nativity
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Tours To Church of the Nativity
Church of the Nativity Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
2,271 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • Blessed feeling when entering the holy place and walking through the history and amazing icons. Well secured place and available tour guides to tell details of the place. Surrounded by souvenirs made....  more »
  • Moving beyond words Milk grotto brings the nativity and early church history to life. It was a precious experience to walk this sacred ground and site for pilgrims for 2,000 years!  more »
Google
  • Totally worth the experience! There going to have to fix the lines, kinda crazy walk there just go in a group and remember why and what your there see!
  • My experience wasn't the best, the people who were in charge of the traffic of the public were very pushy and they took away the special moment that visiting this place is what you want to experience. This is the place of the birth of our savior and everyone want to have that special moment of experiencing that unique sensation and intimate emotion.
Places to stay near Church of the Nativity

Plan your trip to Bethlehem

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Bethlehem

View all ›
4.9
Duration:5​h
4.4
Duration:30​min
4.8
Duration:2​h

Side trips from Bethlehem

3.9
Duration:1​h 30​min
4.5
Duration:30​min

Historic Sites in Bethlehem

4.4
Duration:1​h 30​min
3.4
Duration:1​h 30​min
4.0
Duration:30​min
3.5
Duration:1​h 30​min

Hidden gems in Bethlehem

4.6
Duration:1​h 30​min
4.7
Duration:30​min
5.0
Duration:30​min
5.0
Duration:30​min

Shopping in Bethlehem

4.6
Duration:1​h 30​min
5.0
Duration:30​min
4.2
Duration:1​h 30​min
3.5
Duration:30​min

Nearby attractions in Bethlehem

4.7
Duration:4​h
4.3
Duration:3​h 30​min
4.6
Duration:1​h 30​min