"Bethlehem - little town in Palestine" Top 5 Page for this destination Bethlehem by Oana_bic

Bethlehem Travel Guide: 119 reviews and 483 photos

Birthplace of Jesus, traditional site of Rachel's tomb (which is an important holy site in Judaism), Bethlehem is a central hub of Palestinian cultural and tourism industries.
Interesting to note that Bethlehem means in arab the house of meat while in standard hebrew house of bread.
The city used to be inhabited by one of the oldest Christian communities but now has a Muslim majority, its Christian minority's emigration having accelerated in recent years due to political and economic factors.
10 km south of Jerusalem, standing at an elevation of about 765 m above the sea, about 30 m higher than Jerusalem.

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  • Pros:Religious/historical major sites
  • Cons:Serious safety concerns
  • Last visit to Bethlehem: Apr 2007
  • Intro Written May 5, 2007
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  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2013 at 5:45 AM

    how sad that the social/political situation is so. Bethlehem would be fascinating to see

  • Andrew_W_K's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Very good Bethlehem tips. I'll certainly look at them again before I go in January. Hey, finish the one about the deserted streets ;)

  • antistar's Profile Photo
    May 9, 2007 at 1:43 PM

    It is such a shame. Bethlehem is a fascinating place, and it would be great for everyone, especially the Palestinians, if it were safe and easy to visit.

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