Church in Bethlehem

Church of the Nativity

Though many have argued over whether X (or, in this case, a star) really does mark the spot, the Church of the Nativity nevertheless makes an imposing marker for the birthplace of Jesus. Also called the Basilica of …
Museum in Bethlehem

Crib Museum

The nativity-scene spectacle at the Crib Museum is a short walk off Manger Sq.
Church in Bethlehem

Milk Grotto Chapel

A short walk from Manger Sq is the lesser-known Milk Grotto Chapel. The white rock inside this stony chapel is said to bring milk to a mother’s bosom and enhance fertility in women who swallow a morsel of the chalky…
Museum in Bethlehem

Old Bethlehem Museum

This museum is located in a typical Palestinian home of the 19th century. See native costumes, peruse the collection of early-20th-century photos of Palestine, and purchase embroidery produced by the Bethlehem Arab …
Religious Site in Bethlehem

Rachel’s Tomb

In a desolate corridor created by Israel’s separation wall, near the main checkpoint into town on the Israeli side of the wall, stands Rachel’s Tomb. Another Bethlehem sojourner during labour, Rachel is said to have…
Church in Bethlehem

St Mary’s Syrian Orthodox Church

Sunday Mass is held in Syriac.
Gallery in Bethlehem


In the International Center of Bethlehem (natives know the centre as Dar Annadwa) is housed the Cave which has extended hours for exhibits. Watch artisans at work through large windows, then go into the gallery/gift…
Square in Bethlehem

Manger Sq

The city's centerpiece, Manger Sq is also the hub of services - both religious and logistical. It has a post office, ATM and Open Bethlehem (x277 7993;; Manger Sq) - for its services.
Historic Site in Bethlehem

Manger Square & Old City

The narrow limestone streets and exotic storefronts are a scene from another age, particularly Pope Paul VI St, Star St and the narrow alleys connecting the two. Visit on a Sunday to experience some church services.…
Mosque in Bethlehem

Mosque of Omar

Opposite the Church of the Nativity, is this mosque, named after the 2nd Muslim caliph, Omar Ibn al-Khattab. It is the sole mosque in Bethlehem’s Old City. It was built in 1860 on land granted by the Greek Orthodox …