Vincent Poon :: Bethlehem (2-Sep)
 
Needless to say Bethlehem is the birthplace for Christ and it is definitely a must for Catholics like me though it is situated in the West Bank. In fact this was the only city I visited (alone) in the West Bank! To be honest, I felt more unsafe in Jerusalem when I saw kids playing with electric stun guns (near the bus station) than any time in this town
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Built in the 4th century, this is  one of the oldest functioning church in the world
Wooden trapdoors are left open to reveal parts of Constantine's 4-th century mosaic floor
The mosaic floor of the original church
The red limestone pillars date back to the original 4th church century
Built in the 4th century, this is one of the oldest functioning church in the world
Wooden trapdoors are left open to reveal parts of Constantine's 4-th century mosaic floor
The mosaic floor of the original church
The red limestone pillars date back to the original 4th church century
Wall mosaic on the wall of the ancient nave
There are chandeliers hanging along the nave
Like many churches, it has candles for sale
Wall mosaic on the wall of the ancient nave
There are chandeliers hanging along the nave
Like many churches, it has candles for sale

The main altar is the property of the Greek Orthodox Church
The church also features a large gilded iconostasis, and a complex array of lamps throughout the entire building.
The giant chandelier right in front of the main altar
Marble floor in front of the main altar
The main altar is the property of the Greek Orthodox Church
The church also features a large gilded iconostasis, and a complex array of lamps throughout the entire building.
The giant chandelier right in front of the main altar
Marble floor in front of the main altar
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