Excursion «175. Unusual Bethlehem»

Class Big bus
Type Group tour
Language Russian

For Christians around the world, Bethlehem is the second most important place after Jerusalem.

First of all, pilgrims to this city are attracted by the Church of the Nativity of Christ, the gates of which have not been closed since the 6th century. The main shrine of the temple is the Cave of the Nativity, but no less important is the unique icon of the Smiling Virgin.

Chapel of the Slain Babies
Underground catacombs


Not far from the Church of the Nativity of Christ is the Milk Grotto, in which, according to legend, the Holy Family was hiding from Tsar Herod.
According to the Gospel, on the border of Bethlehem and the village of Shepherds - Beit Sahur (from Arabic: House of Shepherds) - the Magi's shepherds were the first to be informed of the birth of the Savior.
The Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker is located in the small Arab town of Beit Jal. There you can see a tiny cave, in which, according to legend, Nikolai the Wonderworker lived for several years in the 4th century.

Important

Thematic excursion on November, 2!

Departure days

Departure days depend on your departure city

Info

Order cancellation conditions: If a tourist cancels an excursion in less than 2 days, the penalty is 100%, unless travel insurance has not been purchased.

  • People who are late and do not go on the excursion will not receive a refund.
  • The company is not responsible for lost items.
  • Requests for excursions for children under 5 years old are not accepted
  • Responsibility for having an individual insurance policy falls on the tourist.
  • Tourists may wait up to 30 minutes for the bus.
  • Minor changes to the route are possible.
  • The company reserves the right to change the departure time, which is communicated to the tourist the day before.
  • There is no indication of seats on the bus. Boarding and disembarking is carried out only at designated places.
  • Attention! Israeli citizens are prohibited from entering the territory of Bethlehem (Palestinian Authority). NOT an Israeli passport is required.
  • Physical activity level: 3/5.

We recommend: take drinking water, a hat, sunscreen, and comfortable shoes with you on the excursion.
The cost of the trip does not include and is paid on the spot: meals, unless purchased additionally.

Attractions

Bethlehem

Modern Bethlehem is located on the territory of the Palestinian Authority. The main population is Muslim Arabs and a small part of Christian Arabs. The main income of Bethlehem is the flow of tourists. Christian pilgrims from all over the world come to this city, the place where Jesus Christ was born. Every Christmas in Bethlehem Christmas masses are held snd the masses are broadcast around the world. The main shrine of the city is a silver star in the cave of the Church of the Nativity of Christ, which marks the place where Jesus was born. In this temple there is a miraculous icon of the smiling Mother of God, the cave of the Beaten Babies.

Church of the Nativity

The Church of the Nativity of Christ was erected in Bethlehem above the cave where Jesus was born. Divine services at the Nativity Church have not practically interrupted since the Early Byzantine era. The modern building of the Church of the Nativity is the only Christian temple in Palestine, preserved from the pre-Muslim period.

Milk grotto

Since the 7th century in Western Europe, drops of the "milk of the Virgin" were revered as relics. These are particles of porous white stone that were found in a cave in Bethlehem, where, according to legend, the Holy Family fled for some time (about 40 days) from the soldiers of King Herod.

Shepherds' field

The underground temple in the name of St. George the Victorious and the temple in honor of the Virgin Mary Cathedral are located near the Palestinian town of Beit Sakhur in a small valley with olive trees, some of which are older than 2000 years.

This place is also known as the Shepherds’ Field, where the Angel announced the birth of Christ to the shepherds awake in the field.

 

In the cave where the announcement of the Angels took place, three shepherds, eyewitnesses of the event, wished to be buried at the place where they were honored to see the Glory of the Lord.

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