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We visited Bethlehem, in the West Bank, birthplace of Jesus Christ. Our safety concerns were unfounded - and we felt very welcomed by the Palestinians.

We took a bus out to Bethlehem from Jerusalem. It stopped at the checkpoint at the West Bank. This is the wall that separates the West Bank from Israel. Graffitti on the wall that separates Israel from the occupied territories (West Bank). Outside the Church of the Nativity (Basilica of the Nativity).  Christians believe this is where Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ. The Door of Humility leads into the Church of the Nativity (Basilica of the Nativitiy). View of the interior the Church of the Nativity (Basilica of the Nativity).  You can see the trap doors in the floor that open to allow you to see the original Roman mosaics. Columns inside the Church of the Nativity (Basilica of the Nativity). Frescoe on one of the columns in the Church of the Nativity (Basilica of the Nativity). Constantine's 4th century mosaic floor rediscovered in 1934 in the Church of the Nativity (Basilica of the Nativity). More of Constantine's 4th century mosaic floor rediscovered in 1934 in the Church of the Nativity (Basilica of the Nativity). Painting on the wall in the Church of the Nativity (Basilica of the Nativity). View toward the altar and the entrance to the Grotto of the Nativity in the Church of the Nativity (Basilica of the Nativity). Detail inside the Church of the Nativity (Basilica of the Nativity). Church of St. Catherine .  The Midnight Mass held here is broadcast around the world on Christmas Eve. Stained glass window in St. Catherine's Church showing the Virgin Mary holding the baby Jesus. View of the interior of the Church of St. Catherine. Candles burning inside St. Catherine Church. Nativity Scene in St. Catherine Church. Organs inside St. Catherine Church Stained Glass in the Church of St Catherine Painting inside the Church of St Catherine Outside of the Church of St Catherine The courtyard outside the Basilica of the Nativity and the Church of St Catherine The courtyard outside the Basilica of the Nativity and the Church of St Catherine The courtyard outside the Basilica of the Nativity and the Church of St Catherine Inside the Basilica of the Nativity (Church of the Nativity) Painting of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus inside the Basilica of the Nativity Inside the Grotto of the Nativity, an underground cave where Jesus was said to have been born. The exact spot of the birth of Jesus is marked beneath an altar by a 14-pointed silver star set into the marble floor inside the Grotto of the Nativity Silver star set into the marble floor in the Grotto of the Nativity in the Church of the Nativity Armenian Priest leading a prayer group in the Grotto of the Nativity Silver star set into the marble floor in the Grotto of the Nativity in the Church of the Nativity Mosque of Omar, in Manger Square in Bethlehem. Pope Paul IV street in Bethlehem