Palestine Historic Sites and Landmarks

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Church of St. CatherineChurch of St. Catherine
Bethlehem, State of Palestine

This Catholic church adjacent to the Nativity Church marks the appearance of Christ to St. Catherine of Alexandria, and may incorporate the monastery of St. Jerome.

Shepherds' FieldsShepherds' Fields
Bethlehem, State of Palestine

Fertile fields identified since ancient times with the shepherds who saw the Star of Nativity. There are two rival locations, one run by the Greek Orthodox and the other by the Franciscans.

Tomb of RachelTomb of Rachel
Bethlehem, State of Palestine

The burial place of the biblical matriarch Rachel, wife of Jacob. For Jews it is the third holiest site after the Temple Mount and Tomb of the Patriarchs.

Basilica of the NativityBasilica of the Nativity
Bethlehem, State of Palestine

One of the oldest surviving Christian churches, commissioned by Emperor Constantine in 339 CE, the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem marks the traditional place of Jesus Christ's birth.

Cave of the Patriarchs
Hebron, State of Palestine

The second holiest site in Judaism and very important in Islam and Christianity, the Cave of the Patriarchs is a walled complex built by Herod in the 1st century BCE to shelter the cave tombs of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Umar MosqueUmar Mosque
Bethlehem, State of Palestine

This mosque was built in the 19th century and rebuilt in 1954.

Milk Grotto
Bethlehem, State of Palestine

According to tradition, Mary nursed Jesus here and spilled a drop of milk, turning the ground white. Christian and Muslim women collect stone scrapings from the cave for fertility.

Emmaus
Imwas, State of Palestine

Located about 30km west of Jerusalem, a Crusader church marks the traditional site where Jesus was not recognized by two disciples after the Resurrection.