Church of the Nativity

   Church of the Nativity

 

The Church of the Nativity marks the beginning of Christianity and is one of the holiest and oldest churches in the world. The original basilica was built by Emperor Constantine around 330 A.D. Some of the most prominent areas of the Church include the Grotto, the Church of Saint Catherine and the Basilica of the Nativity.

 

The Grotto

In the underground Grotto of the Nativity, a 14-point silver star marks the exact birthplace of Jesus. No pilgrimage is complete without witnessing the place where Jesus was born. 

 

The Church of Saint Catherine

The Church of Saint Catherine is a 19th- century Roman Catholic Church. The Church was built over the cave where Jesus was born, and it even shares a wall with the Basilica of Nativity.

 

Being the most modern of the areas in the Nativity Church, this is also the area where major events and gathering are conducted. This includes the annual Christmas Midnight Mass, a major event for millions of believers around the world. 

The Basilica of the Nativity

The heart of the Church is the Basilica of the Nativity, a jaw droppingly magnificent chapel that is marked by ancient history. Th Basilica is maintained by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate.

The basilica is entered through a very low door called the “Door of Humility.” Inside the Church you will notice the 44 columns, made of limestone. As you walk along the columns, you’ll notice openings in the floor section, which will beautiful exotic mosaic surviving from the original Basilica.

 

The Grotto

 

The Church of Saint Catherine

 

The Basilica of the Nativity

 

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