Created 12-Oct-12
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Half-day venture into Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity. Our Israeli guides would not go into Bethlehem with us due to safety concerns, but they did arrange a private tour for us with trusted friends. Crossing over the security border in either direction was not a problem, and we felt both welcomed and safe in Bethlehem. The city is highly dependent on tourism as the primary driver of the local economy.
In between classes at Bethlehem UniversityCourtyard of the Church of the Nativity, BethlehemDoor of Humility, Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem4th century mosaic floor beneath the Church of the Nativity, BethlehemCatholic Press Association members taking notes at the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem6th century columns, Church of the Nativity, BethlehemChurch of the Nativity, BethlehemFresco on the 6th century colum, Church of the Nativity, BethlehemStar of Bethlehem marking the spot where Jesus was bornVotive lamps lit on the place of the creche, BethlehemPilgrim at the birthplace of JesusBirthplace of Jesus, BethlehemBirthplace of Jesus, BethlehemLamps line the Church of the Nativity, BethlehemIcon of Mary and the Child Jesus, Church of the Nativity, BethlehemIcon of Mary and the Child Jesus, Church of the Nativity, BethlehemIconostasis at the Church of the Nativity, BethlehemIconostasis at the Church of the Nativity, BethlehemIconostasis at the Church of the Nativity, BethlehemDoubting Thomas

Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Middle East
Subcategory Detail:Israel
Keywords:Bethlehem