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The Church of St. Catherine

Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
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Reviewed 17 August 2017

If you're Catholic and are turned off by the relics and icons in the Greek Orthodox Church of the Nativity and you want to visit a Church of the Nativity, this is it, Connected to the Church of the Nativity and with its own grotto,...More

Thank Paul D
Reviewed 11 July 2017

About 150 years ago, the Catholics decided they wanted their own Church instead of sharing with the Orthodox and this is the result. It is very beautiful, very nice side altars and paintings. Not mentioned in any of the signage and I didn't realise it...More

Thank SunnydaleHuis
Reviewed 17 June 2017

Bethlehem is filled with many churches and this one is a good one to visit and contemplation. Located on the other side of the Basilica of the Nativity.

Thank jsMT1994
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

For pilgrims the church feels like the best place to calm down and pray. The church is usually full with locals attending masses which make the place a special one.

Thank Ghadeer N
Reviewed 20 April 2017

This is the other side of the church of nativity but both are VASTLY different. This church is beautiful inside and below. The courtyard is also well done.

Thank EvaLady
Reviewed 2 April 2017

This Catholic Church is part of Sanctuary Bethlehem, located in the northern part adjacent to the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. From this church you can entrance to the north part of the Grotto of the Nativity, Cave of St. Jerome.

Thank Zoltan K
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Peaceful place somewhat ruined by the noise of large disrespectful tourists shepherded by money grabbing tour companies that have zero respect for the Church or other visitors. It's a place for reflection and prayer.....not taking selfies!

Thank StephenCr0ss
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

Must visit ! Beautiful church of st Catherine where Christmas mass takes place on the 24th evening of each year Make sure to visit st Jospeh and jerome located to the right of the church you go downstairs to see where the Bible was translated...More

Thank Leodaniel2017
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

So many famous places to see it sets your head a spinning- be prepared for crowds and being in a small space - this church is more modern so less issues

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 11 February 2017

This was our Arab Christian guide's parish so she showed it to us lovingly and with attention to the detail. The Church of St. Catherine is naturally overshadowed by the importance of the Basilica of the Nativity but it is an interesting temple by itself....More

Thank podrozniczka60
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Monica S
28 September 2015|
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Response from Tampa_Turtle | Reviewed this property |
I assume you mean Christmas Eve Mass? The church itself is not very large. I do know they put screens in the square outside. Are you planning to stay in Bethlehem?