Our tour in Bethlehem
Birthplace of Jesus Christ
In Bethlehem, I will accompany you as a private tour guide on the other side of the separation wall between Israel and the Palestinian territories from the Check Point south of Jerusalem. We will visit one of the high places of Christianity, the Basilica of the Nativity where, according to Christianity, Jesus Christ was born.
Inside the Basilica we will see remains dating from the 4th to the 16th century. Together we will discover the different Orthodox, Armenian and Catholic and Christian places of worship. We will visit the field of shepherds where, according to Christianity, the night guardian shepherds received the message from the angel, informing that the Jewish Messiah was born.
It is possible to visit Rachel’s tomb, one of Jacob's wives and the mother of Joseph and Benjamin, two of the twelve fathers of the tribes of Israel. Also we will discover together the separation wall between Israel and the Palestinian Authorities, on the Palestinian side is a multitude of graffiti especially known as those of the artist Banksy.
The city of Bethlehem
Bethlehem is a city in the West Bank in the Palestinian-controlled territory, about 10 km south of Jerusalem. The city has 30,000 inhabitants, mostly Muslim and a large Christian presence.
The Christian community is one of the oldest communities in the world. The city contains a great historical and religious heritage. According to Jewish tradition: it is also called Ephrata, the place of birth and coronation of the King of Israel, David. It is also the place where Jacob's wife, "Rachel," was laid to rest.
Bethlehem is considered by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Thanks to its tourist and religious activity, Bethlehem generates a large number of tourists and pilgrims from all over the world, especially during the Christmas period.
The Church of the Nativity
Birthplace of Jesus Christ
The place where, according to Christian tradition, Jesus was born. The narrative states that this took place in a barn. Empress Helen, mother of Emperor Constantine, erected a basilica on this site at the beginning of the 4th century, to sanctify the place.
St Jerome retired at the end of the 4th century to a cave near the Basilica and translated the Hebrew Bible into Latin, in a version known as the Vulgate.
Sababa Tours specialize in Christian pilgrimages in Israel accompanies you with our private tour guide to allow you to soak up the feeling of the places.
The field of shepherds
The place where the angel Gabriel appeared
A very old tradition has identified the village of Beit Sahour located 2 kilometers from Bethlehem, as the place where the angel Gabriel appeared before the shepherds, announcing the birth of Jesus as the Messiah of Israel.
On this place a church was built in 1950, built by the Italian architect "Antonio Barluzzi" on the remains of the first basilica dating from the 4th century, built by Empress Helen.
Remains of a rich history, this place is part of the circuit proposed by Sababa Tours to discover Bethlehem accompanied by our private guide.
The separation wall
The separation or security wall is a barrier built by the state of Israel along the green line. It measures nearly 690 km. It was erected in 2002 during the second intifada (armed Palestinian uprising against Israel).
On the one hand challenged by international opinion, it is defended by the state of Israel as a physical barrier between the Palestinian Authorities and the State of Israel, thus creating a filter for the passage of arms and terrorism. On the Palestinian side it is considered a segregationist wall, preventing the free passage of the Palestinian local population.
Famous and anonymous artists began painting murals known as graffiti with political connotations, one of the best-known graffiti artists like artist Banksy taking part in the project.
Jacob's wife Rachel
Jacob's wife Rachel, Jacob's wife according to Jewish tradition, died on the road to Hebron, so her husband decided to bury here there. Rachel is considered in Judaism as the mother of the children of Israel.
Her tomb is a place of pilgrimage for Jews and especially women who cannot give birth. The site is considered the third holy place of Judaism, after the Temple Mount and the Tomb of the Patriarchs, in Hebron.
Follow our private tour guide to benefit from his knowledge of the history of Rachel's Tomb.