Church of the Nativity

Interior of the Church of the Nativity, constructed 327–339 C.E., Bethlehem.

The Church of the Nativity was commissioned and built by the Roman emperor Constantine and his mother Helena in the fourth century C.E. According to Christian tradition, the church was built to mark the location thought to be the birthplace of Jesus. The church was destroyed by fire in the sixth century C.E. and rebuilt not long after by the emperor Justinian. Throughout the centuries, many additions have been added, including two bell towers that still stand today. Today the church and surrounding area is an UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its cultural and religious significance to both the Christian and Muslim faiths. It is the oldest Christian church in daily use today.  

Interior view, Church of the Nat ivity, constructed 327–339 C.E.

Birth, often accounts about the birth of Jesus.

 NEH Logo
Bible Odyssey has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.