Banksy’s “The Walled Off Hotel”

Banksy’s “The Walled Off Hotel”

TRAVEL Banksy’s “The Walled Off Hotel” A monkey bellboy installation at the entrance of “The Walled Off Hotel” in Bethlehem Secretive British street artist Banksy has opened a hotel next to Israel’s separation wall in Bethlehem, his...
How to get from Jerusalem to Bethlehem

How to get from Jerusalem to Bethlehem

Arab Bus Station in Damascus Gate Photograph by Michael Jackaman If you are visiting Bethlehem from Jerusalem and you have to make your own way to Bethlehem, you need to take bus number 234 from the Arab bus station in Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. This bus goes to...
Church of the Nativity

Church of the Nativity

Church of the Nativity     Also called the Basilica of the Nativity, it’s the oldest continuously operating church, commissioned in 327 CE by Emperor Constantine. A major restoration project recently took place to restore the church to its former glory. You...
A Long Unseen Presence Appears

A Long Unseen Presence Appears

In Bethlehem’s Ancient Church, a Long Unseen Presence Appears Urgent repairs to the decaying Church of the Nativity yield an unexpected revelation. Hidden for centuries beneath layers of plaster, an angel made of mosaic tiles is being restored to its original...
Bethlehem and the Birthplace of Jesus

Bethlehem and the Birthplace of Jesus

Brief Details about Bethlehem and the Birthplace of Jesus Geographic location: Bethlehem is located 7 km south of Jerusalem on a steep-sided ridge on the western mountains of the Dead Sea depression; its altitude is circa700 meters above sea level. It is surrounded on...
Murad Castle

Murad Castle

Murad Castle At the beginning of the Ottoman period, an increase of injustice and poverty and misfire security in the country led to spread thugs and bandits who stopped pedestrians and looting their belongings and money. In additional of the increased taxes, it...