UNESCO Removes Church Of The Nativity From Endangered List; Rich Thomaselli; AFP

The site is believed to be the birthplace of Jesus.

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Church of Nativity Removed from UNESCO List of Endangered World Heritage; IMEMC

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Jesus’ birthplace removed from danger list of heritage sites; Uncova

The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) announced Tuesday that it would…

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UN: Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity no longer in danger; AP

The U.N. cultural agency says Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity is no longer considered an endangered world heritage site thanks to extensive restoration work at the place celebrated for marking the birthplace of Jesus

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Here’s Why You Should Add Bethlehem to Your Bucket List; Lori Zaino; The Points Guy

During a 10-day, TPG work trip to Israel, Lori Zaino decided to take a day trip to Bethlehem after two days touring Jerusalem. Slightly nervous because of logistics, Lori wasn’t quite sure what to expect, as she had to switch guides and vans at the border (Israeli citizens and most vehicles aren’t allowed). But Bethlehem ended …

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Palestinian Officials: Baptismal Font Discovered at Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity; Al Araby Al Jadeed; Palestine Chronicle

Palestinian officials say what they believe to be a new baptismal font has been discovered at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

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Church of the Nativity renovation lifts Christmas spirit in Bethlehem; AP

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Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem; Gary; Everything Everywhere

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

Overview

Bethlehem lies 10 kilometers south of the city of Jerusalem, in the fertile limestone hill country of the Holy Land. Since at least the 2nd century AD people have believed that the place where the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, now stands is where Jesus was born. One particular cave, over which the first Church was built, is traditionally believed to be the Birthplace itself. In locating the Nativity, the place both marks the beginnings of Christianity and is one of the holiest spots in Christendom. The original basilica church of 339 AD (St Helena), parts of which survive below ground, was arranged so that its octagonal eastern end surrounded, and provided a view of, the cave. This church is overlaid by the present Church of the Nativity, essentially of the mid-6th century AD (Justinian), though with later alterations. It is the oldest Christian church in daily use. Since early medieval times, the Church has been increasingly incorporated into a complex of other ecclesiastical buildings, mainly monastic.

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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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Christmas in Bethlehem goes on in the shadow of Trump’s Jerusalem announcement; Eetta Prince-Gibson; PRI

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

As usual, Palestinians in the West Bank city of Bethlehem are hosting Christmas festivities for thousands of visitors to the site where Jesus Christ is believed to have been born. But this year, US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has caused tensions and dampened the holiday mood. 

On an unseasonably warm night, a few days before Christmas, Manger Square in the West Bank city of Bethlehem is lit with thousands of bright lights and a huge, twinkling Christmas tree. In the center of the square, a large manger scene has been set up, and parents explain the birth of Jesus Christ to their children. Vendors hawk Christmas decorations and sahlab, a traditional drink made from the ground-up bulbs of orchids.

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US Pulls Out Of UNESCO Claiming ‘Anti-Israel Bias’; AP

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

The United States is pulling out of UNESCO because of what Washington sees as its anti-Israel bias and a need for “fundamental reform” of the U.N. cultural agency.

While the Trump administration had been preparing for a likely withdrawal for months, the announcement by the State Department on Thursday rocked UNESCO’s Paris headquarters, where a heated election to choose a new director is under way.

The outgoing UNESCO chief expressed her “profound regret” at the decision and tried to defend the reputation of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, best known for its World Heritage program to protect cultural sites and traditions.

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This is Tourism in the Occupied Palestinian Territories; Christine Blau; National Geographic

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

The West Bank wall is a living canvas of Israeli-Palestinian narratives.

A massive concrete wall looms oppressively over Bethlehem’s horizon. Many tourists flock to the city, curious to see the biblical birthplace of Jesus in a grotto under the sixth-century Church of the Nativity on Manger Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Instead of finding Christmas card-worthy surroundings of fields and shepherds, an imposing structure—planned to stretch a total of 440 miles and at some points, reaching up to 26 feet tall—divides the landscape.

“The wall is part of the history and everyday life of the local population,” explains Jerusalem native and National Geographic Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah. “It evokes strong emotions and opinions in Israelis and Palestinians for different reasons.”

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Russia Allocates $4 Million to Renovate UNESCO Sanctioned Bethlehem Street; David Israel; Jewish Press

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

Russia has allocated a $4 million grant to the Palestinian Autonomy for the reconstruction of a street in Bethlehem that has been sanctioned as a UNESCO monument, TASS reported Thursday, quoting Aidar Aganin, head of Russia’s diplomatic mission to the Palestinian Authority.

The “Star Street” is a road that runs through the old town of Bethlehem, leading to the Church of the Nativity. It is about half a mile long, and was included in the UNESCO list of world heritage sites in 2012, under the name “Path for Pilgrims.”

In addition to the street itself and the buildings adjacent to it, the Peace Center on Nursery Square in the center of Bethlehem will also undergo reconstruction.

Church Of The Nativity – Birthplace Of Jesus In Bethlehem, Palestine; World Atlas

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One of the holiest sites for Christians was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2012.

The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is one of the most religiously and historically significant sites for Christians from all around the world. It is believed to be standing on the birthplace of Christ. The church was built in the 4th Century, and it is one of the oldest Christian churches. The Church is an important site to Christians and Muslims.

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Construction of the Church of the Nativity commenced in 326 AD after being commissioned by Constantine the Great and his mother, Saint Helena. It was built directly over a cave in the area where Jesus Christ was thought to have been born.

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