THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY IN BETHLEHEM

Dr G.S.P. Freeman-Grenville

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Early Christian Period to 529

Early Christian Period 
post 529

Crusader Period

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Shrine and Scandal

The Church of Nativity in Bethlehem is the only major church in the Holy Land that survives intact from the early Christian period.  This feature traces the church from its construction by Constantine the Great to the present and draws attention to the parlous condition of this unique and historic building.

Bethlehem lies on a saddle, 2,500 feet above sea level, and the ancient church is situated near its centre.  Today the town has a population of over 60,000.

Last modified 27/12/2004