The "Christmas Church" is located in Bethlehem, the West Bank city of the Jordan River in Palestine. It was founded in 326 A.D. and is one of the most important holy places of Christ in Bethlehem. It is traditionally believed that Jesus was born here. It also retains the oldest Christian church to date. The Church of Christmas is also translated as the Church of the Nativity and the Church of the Birth of Jesus. It is now jointly managed by the Roman Catholic Church, the Greek Orthodox Church and the Armenian Church. In 2012, Palestine, a new member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), was listed on the World Heritage List for the first time. The Church of Christmas is built on the left side of the famous manger square. The appearance of the whole church looks rather like a medieval castle, simple and solid. If you want to enter the church, you have to bend down and lower your head as low as possible before you can pass through a door only 1.2 meters high. Entering the church, you can see many portraits of Jesus and the Virgin Mary on the wooden pillars and beams of the hall. Because of their age, they are dark. On the right side of the altar is the entrance to the Star Cave of Christmas, narrow, curved and mysterious. Believers and tourists will find that the star hole is very narrow, about 3 215; 13 meters, and the right side of the stone steps is the famous Christmas altar. Here's a semi-circle of red and white marble with 14-pointed silver stars in the center. Latin "the birthplace of Christ Jesus of the Virgin Mary". On the altar hang 15 bright oil lamps of various Christian factions. On the opposite left is the stone manger that served as the cradle of Jesus after his birth.
Bethlehem Christmas Church is located in the West Bank of the Jordan River, where Jesus was born and is the holy place of Christianity. There is a cave in the church called Christmas Cave. It is said that Jesus was born in this cave. There are many pilgrims here. It's better to have some knowledge of the Christian Bible when you come to Israel. Otherwise, you won't understand it at all.
The church is small but famous. It is now jointly managed by Roman Catholicism, Greek Orthodox Church and Armenian Church. The church was basically without lights and was being repaired with scaffolding everywhere. Tourists said it had been repaired for many years and has not been repaired yet. Entering the church is done by bending down through a small door.
The Christmas Church, located in Bethlehem, Palestine, is the oldest Christian Church in Bethlehem to date. Legend - "Jesus was born in a manger here. We lined up piously to enter the church, where there was a Christmas star, touched with the protection of gods. In 2012, it was listed on the World Cultural Heritage List. This is the first time that Palestine, a new member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, succeeded in applying for its heritage.
Israel's New Year's visit to the Christmas Church on September 15 this year is Israel's New Year holiday. Israel has a national holiday. There is no traffic in Jerusalem and shops are closed. As a result of the homework done beforehand, it is known that the bus to Bethlehem, Palestine, is operating normally at the Arab-run bus terminal opposite Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. There was no bus in the morning. From the hotel, we walked for more than half an hour to the bus terminal and took bus No. 231. We arrived in Bethlehem, which is located in Palestine, in more than 40 minutes. Get on the bus and buy tickets, each person 8 shekels, small tickets to collect, there are ticket checks back and forth. The bus traveled fast along the road and soon saw the separation wall. There were two countries, Israel and Palestine, which were conflicted and sometimes frictioned inside and outside. Bethlehem is so close to Jerusalem that it's like going to the suburbs. There were no checkpoints or parking stops to enter Palestine. When returning to the relevant Israeli port, the Palestinians have to get off the bus and check their documents. Other foreigners and Israelis do not have to get off the bus and show their passports or certificates. When you get off at the terminal, there are many people fooling you into taking a taxi. We asked the police and he gave us directions. Turn left at the first crossing and go straight to the old city. It's not very far. Palestine is an Arab world, full of women wearing coloured headscarves and men wearing Muslim hats. Street vendors, sellers of vegetables and fruits, and now baked buns are all very lively. From silent Jerusalem, there are almost two worlds. Soon we arrived at the Christmas Church, where Jesus was born in the manger. This is the oldest Christian church, also known as the Church of the Nativity, and the Church of the Birth of Jesus, which is listed in the World Heritage List. Israel occupied Bethlehem, and on Christmas Eve 1995, it returned Bethlehem to Palestine on the basis of an agreement reached. The door to the Church of Christmas was very small. In the early years, the entrance was constantly reduced to prevent intruders from riding directly into the destroyed church. As a result of earlier, group tours have not arrived yet, and there are not many tourists. The church is brilliant, with an open mosaic pattern on the ground. It has a long history. The glass-framed portrait of the Virgin Mary embracing her children is covered with jewelry, and many Christians touch and kiss religiously. We waited outside for more than ten minutes to enter the underground church. Underground there is a sign of a 14-pointed silver star, inscribed in Latin - "Here, the Virgin Mary was born Jesus". It is said that next to it is the seat of the manger where Jesus was born. Everyone touches the silver star and prays. Tourist groups enter and stay for only a few minutes. After our group exits, we inform CLOSE. Later, they entered an appointment group and said that they would be open to tourists in the afternoon. The church has high walls, and the backyard has corridors and chapels. A group of church friends from China were chanting sutras and blowing the horn of sheep. Near the church is downtown Bethlehem, with several buildings emblazoned with signs of American aid. The policemen in the police booth next to us agreed to take pictures. There are many shops and restaurants in the old town. A shopkeeper who heard that we were from Jerusalem told us repeatedly that Jerusalem was a holiday and could not go back for dinner. Bethlehem was half cheaper than there. We bought a bag of water in the market.
Bethlehem-the controlled area of Palestine, visiting the birthplace of "Christmas Cathedral" and the birthplace of Jesus, where we can feel the shock of culture and religion, is also an excellent cultural landscape for pious Christians from all over the world to feel the roots of Western culture. Bethlehem should have a more prosperous economy than other parts of Palestine.
Bethlehem, Christmas Church, Jesus Christ was born in the oldest and still active church in the world. It was built by the mother of Constantine the Great. After being destroyed, the existing church was built in 600 BC. It makes me feel sacred and solemn and impressed deeply in my heart.
On the way to Bethlehem, we met with traffic control. It was said that someone had just been attacked on this section of the road. I don't know whether it was Israelis or Palestinians. The road was blocked by Israeli soldiers. Let's wait for instructions. For them, such things have happened or will happen every day, so that the whole country will be a soldier. How difficult it is to be peaceful at this time. Because of this, we only saw the Christmas Church in Bethlehem, but also in a hurry. In fact, I really like these ancient churches. They have no fixed structure, unlike modern churches, they are mostly of the same size. The most important thing in the church is the underground church, which is said to be the place where Jesus was born. Now there is a sign of the 14-horned silver star. When the believers come in, they will touch and pray piously. It's a worship from the heart.
Legend has it that Jesus was born in a place where the original gate was dimly visible. Because of the war, in order to protect the church, the gate was built with stones, and only a small door was reserved. When entering the door, one had to bow down to show humility. Tourists need to queue up to enter the place where Jesus was born.
Bethlehem is a small but world-famous city in Palestine. According to the Bible, Bethlehem is the birthplace of Jesus, known as the Holy City in the Holy City. The Church of Christmas, also known as the Church of the Birth of Jesus, was listed on the World Heritage List in 2012.