The Church of St. Catherine, Bethlehem

4.4
#2 of 9 in Historic Sites in Bethlehem
A Franciscan monastery and parish church for Bethlehem's Catholics, The Church of St. Catherine sits atop an underground maze of Crusader caves. The Gothic Revival church has evolved from a small 14th-century convent and makes up a World Heritage Site together with the neighboring 6th-century church and Christian pilgrimage route. Enter through the preserved Crusader arches into the basilica, noting the nativity scenes depicted in the surrounding stained glass windows. Descend a narrow stairway to glimpse the underground system of ancient tombs, Augustinian monastery, and Crusader chapel. The church is famed for holding Bethlehem's annual televised Christmas Eve midnight mass. Make The Church of St. Catherine part of your personalized Bethlehem itinerary using our Bethlehem trip planning app .
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  • This Catholic Church is modern, simple, luminous, beautiful... It is right next to the Basilica of the Nativity and the manger. It also has a grotto with a pair of chapels, an old and dark and a modern and illuminated... Dedicated to the Holy Innocents and to St. Geronimo, who translated the Bible into Latin.... We have to visit her. It also has a courtyard with arches and very nice garden to rest and public baths.
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  • Coming out of the Church of the Nativity we arrive directly in this church. Nicely decorated. A must see.
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