Live Webcam from Bethlehem (Church of the Nativity)


The Nativity Square, also known as Manger Square, is a significant and historic location in Bethlehem, a city located in the West Bank. Bethlehem holds great religious importance for Christians as it is traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ. The Nativity Square is at the heart of Bethlehem and is a focal point for various religious and cultural activities.

Key features of Nativity Square include:

  1. The Church of the Nativity: This church is one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is built over the traditional site where Jesus is believed to have been born. The church is a major pilgrimage destination and a significant religious site for Christians.
  2. The Manger Square: This is an open space in front of the Church of the Nativity and is often used for gatherings, events, and celebrations. Pilgrims and tourists visit the square throughout the year, but it holds particular significance during the Christmas season.
  3. St. Catherine's Church: Adjacent to the Church of the Nativity, St. Catherine's Church is also part of the complex. It is known for its beautiful architecture and religious importance.
  4. The Mosque of Omar: Located on the eastern side of Manger Square, the Mosque of Omar is another historical and religious site. It was built in honor of Caliph Omar ibn al-Khattab, who respected the Christian community when he entered Bethlehem.

During the Christmas season, Nativity Square is adorned with festive decorations, and various events take place, attracting pilgrims and tourists from around the world. The square symbolizes the rich religious and cultural heritage of Bethlehem, making it a significant destination for those interested in Christian history and traditions.

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