Nativity Grotto
Israel

Nativity Grotto

The greatest Christian shrine, the cave in the rock where Jesus Christ was born from the Virgin Mary.

It is located under the ambo of the Church (Basilica) of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

In the extant written sources it was first mentioned around 150 AD. An underground temple has been located here since the time of St. Helena. It belongs to the Jerusalem Orthodox Church.

The birthplace of Christ is marked by a silver star, which is set into the floor and was once gilded and adorned with precious stones.

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