Church of the Nativity In Bethlehem Door to church known as Door of Humility. Crusaders reduced the size of entrance to prevent attackers from riding in. Original door was much larger. Birth of Jesus As Told In Matthew and Luke.
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Church of the Nativity In BethlehemDoor to church known as Door of Humility. Crusaders reduced the size of entrance to prevent attackers from riding in. Original door was much larger
Where were Mary and Joseph living before Jesus birth?
Where was Jesus born?
Line with red limestone pillars, the present Basilica of the Nativity is similar to the original 4th and 6th century churches built on this sight
In 1847 the star was stolen, each of the three Christian communities in residents (Greek Orthodox, Armenians and Catholics who have bitterly fought for custodianship of grotto) blaming the other.
A copy was subsequently supplied to replace it, but the fights didn’t end and administrative domination of the church changed hands repeatedly between the Orthodox and Catholics. To this day, management of the church is divvied up meter by meter between the three churches. On December 26, 2011 fists fight broke out amongst the monks who was responsible to clean up various areas after Christmas services there.
Signs of this dispute show in the grotto lanterns for example:six belong to the Greek- Orthodox, five to the Armenians and four to the Catholics