Bethlehem - Palestine
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member denben
N 31° 42.263 E 035° 12.428
36R E 709164 N 3509787
Quick Description: The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is a major Christian holy site, as it marks the traditional place of Christ's birth.
Location: Palestine
Date Posted: 10/20/2014 9:08:52 AM
Waymark Code: WMMPJ7
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member The Leprechauns
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Long Description:
The Church of the Nativity is considered to be the oldest continuously operating Christian church in the world. A church was first completed in ad 339 and the present 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.

The Grotto of the Nativity, an underground cave located beneath the basilica, enshrines the site where Jesus is said to have been born. The exact spot is marked beneath an altar by a 14-pointed silver star set into the marble floor and surrounded by silver lamps. This altar is denominationally neutral, although it features primarily Armenian Apostolic influences. Another altar in the Grotto, which is maintained by the Roman Catholics, marks the site where traditionally Mary laid the newborn Baby in the manger.

Source: Wikipedia (visit link)
Bible verse: Luke 2:1 [ Mary Gives Birth In Bethlehem, Where She And Joseph Went Because of The Roman Census ] Now it came about during those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.

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