Pilgrims who visited the Holy Land between the IV and VII century

Aerial view of Bethlehem

Panorama of Betlehem

The old town of Bethlehem is situated on a long, narrow hill stretching from west to east. The ecclesiastical complex of the Nativity Church is found at its eastern extremity. The Greek monastery (left) and the Franciscan Friary (rigth) flank the two sides of the 6th century basilica, built atop the original grotto where our Lord Jesus Christ was born from the Virgin Mary. The central nave and the two very short arms of this cross-shaped church terminate with a semicircular apse. Because of this particular shape, Sophronius describes the monument as a "Triconch".

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Project, design, research and realization carried out by Eugenio Alliata ofm,
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Updated Thu, Dec 9, 1999 at 05:00 by John Abela ofm - Space by courtesy of Christus Rex
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