After a whirlwind trip through Israel, I planned a day trip to Palestine. Despite the conflicts surrounding the area, I had come so far to not visit the historical sites in Palestine.
As I walked into the Church of the Nativity, I felt a calmness wash over me. My guide and I arrived very early in the morning to beat the daily rush of tourists. The stone pillars and mosaic floors were probably the first things I noticed. After learning some of the history of the church, we made our way to the believed birthplace of Jesus.
Regardless of your religious affiliation, Church of the Nativity is a must-see for anyone visiting Bethlehem. I'd recommend visiting as early in the day as you can. It will help beat the crowds and give you a more reflective experience. If your guide can manage it, try to have him/her take you to the rooftop for a 360-degree view of Bethlehem.