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Church of the Nativity
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Built over the Grotto of the Nativity by Constantine in 325 A.D., destroyed and rebuilt in the 6th century and renovated in the 11th century by the crusaders, this is the oldest Church in the Holy Land that is still in use.
Antrim, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

Pretty church, although under-going considerable renovations at the moment. Go with a guide or a local who will explain the various sections. Usually queues.

Visited January 2014
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Gniezno, Poland
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“Strange, but must-go shrine”
Reviewed 19 July 2014

The architecture of this place is very hard to define - everything seems to be... non-indescribable! For me, a roman-catholic, was hard to feel comfortable in this orthodox teple. The Nativity Cave - very touching..

Visited September 2013
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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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“A special place.”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

This is a massive church which encompasses more than one religion. The mosaic underfloor is beautiful but the must see section is the underground grotto. Although cramped and very busy - you have to queue - it is worth persevering to see what is considered the site of Jesus's birth and the site of the manager. A site of special significance whatever your own beliefs.Must see!

Visited June 2014
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“One of the Greatest Shrines of Christianity”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

The Birthplace of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ. Venerate the exact spot of His birth according to the flesh. A shrine you will never forget!

Visited July 2014
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

Perhaps, the oldest church still around, it is a lovely place to visit, so full of history right from the time it was commissioned to be built in AD327. It has undergone several renovations and upheavals, yet retains great serenity.
The alter is ornate, there are several interesting icons and remains of the original mosaic floor. The main feature is the Grotto of the Nativity, approached by a flight of steps,from the alter area. It's a small cavern with a large silver star that marks the place of Christ's birth.
A good guide will make the place come alive. Alternately you can go around on your own, absorbing the sanctity at your your own pace.

Visited May 2014
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