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1 Church of the Nativity > The Church of the Nativity is located in Bethlehem > It is in Palestinian territories > The church was originally commissioned in 327 AD by Constantine and his mother Helena > The site that is still traditionally considered to be located over the cave that marks the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth. >The Church completed in 339 AD and destroyed by fire during the Samaritan Revolts in the sixth century AD. A new church was built 565 AD by the Byzantine Emperor, restoring the architectural tone of the original.

2 The Church of the Nativity is always busy. It is under the Palestinian Authority’s control.

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4 Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Basilica_20.png The church’s shape is in the shape of a cross.

5 Inside, the church is small. The ceiling structure is simple, and one smells all of the incense that is regularly lit.

6 The original mosaic floor is visible. It is about 2 feet under the floor that was rebuilt after the fire. There are doors in the floor that cover the mosaics.

7 The pillars are very unique in color and finish. The capitals are exquisite.

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9 As one approaches the alter, the incense may be intense.

10 Even through the public’s movement and talking, there are people worshipping.

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13 This makes the exit of the “place” of the nativity. The actual place is unknown.

14 Source: This area marks the presumed place of Jesus’ birth.

15 This is one of a few denominational alters located in the church.

16 Latin Vulgate Bible 4 th Century

17 This is the entrance to the cave where Jerome translated the Bible into Latin—The Vulgate in the 4 th Century AD.

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19 A statue of Jerome located in the church’s courtyard. A skull is included with him. For Jerome’s subterranean study was a tomb.

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22 We shared in a Palestinian meal while we were in Bethlehem.

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