Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity gets a makeover; Salome Parent; La Croix International

Palestine – Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem

Since September 2013, twenty enthusiasts from Bethlehem and around the world have been working to renovate the church

Fifteen centuries after its reconstruction by Emperor Justinian, Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity has lost none of its splendor.

Each year more than two million pilgrims or tourists enter the small entry door to the basilica to visit the treasures the church has accumulated since it was first recognized in the second century as the site of Jesus’ birth.

Soon, visitors will be able to once again admire mosaics that have been hidden from public view for hundreds of years.

Damaged by fire in the sixth century and worn down by time and events, the church’s appearance has seriously deteriorated.

Palestinian authorities decided in 2009 to seek funding for a complete renovation expected to cost more than 18 million euros.

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