Church of the Nativity

For many Christians, visiting holy sites and ancient churches can be an incredibly spiritual experience.  There are many churches out there that Christians ought to visit, but I do not think that any list would be complete without the Church of the Nativity.  This church, of course, is located in Bethlehem, so it was built in the same town in which Christ was born.  Back when Christ was born, this church obviously did not exist, but it was commissioned by Constantine in 327, and it is still standing today.

Although it is still standing, it is a holy site that is considered to be endangered.  Because it is so old, it has been difficult for maintenance to be done on it, and while one would hope that it can be restored, this is not something that is guaranteed.  Because of this, Christians are encouraged to visit the site whenever they possibly get a chance.  The sooner, the better.

One of the great things about the Church of the Nativity is the fact that they still have great festivities all around it every December.  For any Christian who wants to celebrate the birth of Christ with their fellow believers from all around the world, this is definitely a great event to attend.

There has been recent damage to the church.  First of all, in 2002 to there was a siege upon the church performed by Palestinians.  Then, in 2014, there was a fire within the church that did cause some slight damage to it.  Thankfully, they are currently working on restoring the church, which is definitely good news for any Christian out there who is hoping to visit it at some point in his or her life.  Still, it is on UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites in danger, so Christians who want to visit it should not delay their visit.

Whether you do ever get to visit it or not, it is a church with an amazing history, and it has a whole lot of meaning to those of us who believe in Christ and his teachings.