In retrospect: Birthplace of Christianity in Bethlehem

Church of the Nativity, Betlehem

The silver star marks the spot


In 339 AD, a church was built in Palestine, in the city of Bethlehem. It was built above a cave, where tradition has it, there once was a manger – specifically the manger where the founder of Christianity was born.

Church of the Nativity is the most sacred place in all of Christendom. Not surprisingly, it’s a major pilgrim destination. I visited with my daughter when she was four years old. As it happened, our early morning sojourn inside the church coincided with a pilgrimage visit.

Now, we come from a culture where great shows of emotion isn’t exactly the norm, and I must admit to feeling slightly bothered by the blatant devotion – yet, at the same time, oddly fascinated. Alexandra was uncomfortable with the intense wailing, so we quickly left the confined space and stepped back out on Manger Square, into the light, and air.

Have you ever visited a place of pilgrimage – in Bethlehem or elsewhere?


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Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Here are more UNESCO World Heritage sites around the world.




5 Responses to “In retrospect: Birthplace of Christianity in Bethlehem”

  1. Mellisa Turner 28 August 2013 1205 #

    I visited this World Heritage Site two years back with my Mother. I was baffled at the unrelenting devotion of the pilgrims visiting the Church. It was totally a fascinating experience for me.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 28 August 2013 1447 #

      Glad to hear I’m not the only one finding it… unusual.

  2. Muza-chan 28 August 2013 1345 #

    I wish to visit someday…

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 28 August 2013 1446 #

      It’s certainly an interesting experience.

  3. ZTE Reef GPS 29 August 2013 0255 #

    Bethlehem is considered as a sacred place. It is where all started. Visiting this city will give you goosebumps and remembrance of our savior Jesus Christ.

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