A trip to the Holy Land would not convey meaning if you didn’t visit Bethlehem, the city of births. In addition to being the birthplace of Israel’s King David, it was also the birthplace of Jesus, as mentioned in the Gospel of Luke. Traveling from Nazareth to Bethlehem, Mary ended up giving birth to Jesus inside a cave. Today, the cave lies underneath the Basilica of the Nativity, the oldest intact church in the Christian world.
Due to occupations in the past by the Ottoman Empire, Jordan, and Britain, it is also possible to see traces of different architectural styles in Bethlehem. Although the majority of locals are Muslim today, pilgrimage tourism is the foremost income, due to the abundance of the underground caves that Jesus’ parents sought shelter.
If you have the chance, you should visit Bethlehem during religious holidays to see how festive it can become, especially during Christmas.
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