In our Bethlehem Day Tour, we will get to know Bethlehem real well. We will start from the Church of Nativity and the holy sites around the area like Sheperd’s Field. Towards the end of the day, we’ll go exploring a Byzantine monastery, one of the oldest in the world.
We would examine in great detail the ancient church that was built first by Saint Helena in the 4th century. Then we would go down to the crypt seeing the grotto where Jesus was born.
The Grotto of the Nativity
Christian tradition says is the place where the Holy Family found refuge during the Massacre of the Innocents before they could flee to Egypt.
The Milk Grotto
The Shepherds' Field Chapel marks the place where, according to Catholic tradition, angels first announced the birth of Christ. In the Bible in Luke 2, in which angels tell a group of shepherds about the birth of Jesus.
The Roman Catholic Chapel
Our lunch will be something local. Perhaps some falafel or something fancier in one of the local restaurants.
The Holy Lavra of Saint Sabbas, is an ancient monastery overlooking the Kidron Valley within the area of Bethlehem. The monastery was founded by Sabbas the Sanctified in 483 C.E.
The Remains of Saint Sabbas
In our remaining time, we will explore some graffiti done by the locals protesting against the separation wall built by Israel. we will use this as a way to get a closer look at the conflict.
Selection of Graffiti Art Made by Locals.