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UNESCO World Heritage

West Bank, Palestine, Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, February 28, 2013 at 03:56:17

Location Bethlehem, West Bank
Coordinates N31 42 15.67 E35 12 27
Property 2.98 ha
Date of Inscription 2012

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1433 )

The inscribed property is situated 10 km south of Jerusalem on the site identified by Christian tradition as the birthplace of Jesus since the 2nd century. A church was first completed there in ad 339 and the edifice that replaced it after a fire in the 6th century retains elaborate floor mosaics from the original building. The site also includes Latin, Greek Orthodox, Franciscan and Armenian convents and churches, as well as bell towers, terraced gardens and a pilgrimage route.

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Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem Church of the Nativity

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