Religious Sites in Bethlehem District

Nativity Church

The Church of the Nativity  in Bethlehem is one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. The structure is built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth, and thus it is considered sacred by Christians. The site is also revered by followers of Islam. Read more >>

Milk Grotto

The Milk Grotto (officially Magharet Sitti Mariam, "Grotto of the Lady Mary") is a serene grotto only a few minutes' walk from Manger Square in Bethlehem.  This grotto, with a Franciscan chapel built above it, is considered sacred because tradition has it that the Holy Family took refuge Read more >>

Shepherds' Field

The roads descending to the east of Bethlehem lead through the mostly Christian village of Beit Sahour (or Bait Sahur), which includes the Shepherds' Fields: the fields identified since ancient times with the shepherds who saw the Star of Nativity. Read more >>

Mar Saba

Mar Saba is a Greek Orthodox monastery overlooking the Kidron Valley in the West Bank east of Bethlehem. The traditional date for the founding of the monastery by Saint Sabas of Cappadocia is the year 483 and today houses around 20 monks. Read more >>

St. Theodosius Monastery

St. Theodosius Monastery, founded in 476, is about 12 km east of Bethlehem. This monastery was destroyed during the Persian invasion. The building that stands today was constructed by the Greek Orthodox Church and incorporates the remains of an old Crusader building and is inhabited by a dozen Greek Monks. Read more >>

Mar Elias Monastery

This Greek Orthodox Monastery stands like a fortress on a hill from which both Jerusalem and Bethlehem can be seen. Mar Elias Monastery is located 5 km to the north of Bethlehem on the way to Jerusalem, and was founded in the 6th century AD and rebuilt by the Emperor Manual Communes in 1160. Read more >>

Saint George Monastery

The Monastery of Saint George is an Orthodox Christian monastery in the Palestinian town of al-Khader in Bethlehem District. The modern church was built in 1912 but the remains of the chapel date back to the 16th century. Read more >>

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