Wednesday 2 July 2014

Visit to Bethlehem - Church of Nativity

Yesterday, Tuesday 1st July, we visited Bethlehem. It was a very hot day and all four of us were pretty much fasting. I'm still trying to get used to the whole waiting for the bus to fill up before it goes thing, I mean it could potentially add an hour on to the journey time. The first thing I noticed when arriving in Bethlehem was a big KFC sign on the building, it was quite refreshing and reminded me of home. We walked up the road and the first place we visited was the Church of Nativity, where Christians believe the Prophet Jesus (Isa) was born. I liked how the entrance was like a small door, the other volunteers talked about how it is said that it's like that because it causes all people to bow as they enter.

 We went in and had a look around a saw some interesting paintings, sculptures and structures as well as the star of nativity in the actual spot where it is believed to be the birthplace of Jesus. I can see the religious significance this would to Christians. There were people from all parts of the world visiting the church and when we were there a group of people from the Far East were saying prayers there and paying their respects.
When we came out we decided to walk through the market. One thing that was different here to Abu Dis is the mix of Christians and Muslims, but living peacefully among each other. The women were not wearing hijabs and totally covered like in most in Abu Dis but it was no bother to anyone which was nice to see. With the male locals, it was hard for me to differentiate between Muslim and Christian so I was a bit lost with the greeting to give, but it was a reminder that no matter what religion or creed, we're all the same. Next stop was the Aydah refugee camp.

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