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“With New Eyes – Bethlehem’s History and Present” Old Quarters Walking Tour

:: To book your tour write us an email with a specified date at tours@visitpalestine.ps or call +970.2.2771992 :: "With New Eyes - Bethlehem’s History and Present" Old Quarters Walking Tour "With New Eyes - Bethlehem’s History and Present" Old Quarters Walking Tour - Bethlehem, just 10km south of Jerusalem, is another world. Not an [...]

December 17th, 2015|

Bethlehem Off the Beaten Track

Bethlehem is undoubtedly one of the best-known places in the world as every year hundreds of thousands of tourists and pilgrims come to visit the Church of the Nativity that was built above the grotto where Jesus was born. The Church and the area around Manger Square are at the center of what Bethlehem has [...]

December 5th, 2015|

The Aqsa Mosque

The Aqsa Mosque (the Farthest Mosque) is a rectangular (50 m x 80 m) edifice constructed within the compound of the Haram al-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary) located within the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. According to Muslim belief, Prophet Muhammad traveled from the Sacred Mosque in Mecca to al-Aqsa during his Night Journey. [...]

November 12th, 2015|

Mamre: Archaeological Site in the Middle of Hebron

Mamre is located on a hill on the ancient route between Hebron and Jerusalem. According to the Biblical account, Abraham pitched his tent there, under an oak tree (Gen. 13:18). There also God spoke to the Patriarch (Gen. 18:1). Encircling the site is an impressive Herodian-style wall of well-fitted stone blocks that probably dates to [...]

October 10th, 2015|

Cremisan Valley – Before It’s Gone

The Cremisan Valley, characterized by an abundance of agricultural terraces planted with grapevines and olive and almond trees, can be considered as one of the last green areas located nearby Bethlehem. The land is owned and cultivated by people of Beit Jala. The area is also famous for three buildings that are located there: the [...]

September 17th, 2015|

Summer Nights in the Desert

Summer Nights in the Desert The summertime in Palestine is inevitably approaching with its long, hot, sunny days. The embers coming down from the sky prevent many of us from going outdoors during the daytime. Only late afternoons and evenings bring some relief. The remote, quiet desert is a perfect place to enjoy picturesque sunsets [...]

August 5th, 2015|

Deir Hijleh Monastery: A Day in the Life of a Hermit

Deir Hijleh Monastery : A Day in the Life of a Hermit Spiritual fondness in the exclusion of a desert was what the Byzantine 4th-century hermits searched for and found in Palestine. Most of them settled in the wilderness of the areas east of Jerusalem and west of River Jordan. Around 400 AD, some 70 [...]

July 5th, 2015|

Bringing Bethlehem’s Star Street Back to Life

Bringing Bethlehem’s Star Street Back to Life Nowadays, passing through the curvy stone-covered paths of Bethlehem’s old core, a person can admire the traditional architecture that dates to the Ottoman period in Palestine (1515–1917). Hidden underneath are the remains of buildings from previous eras (e.g., Roman, Byzantine, and Crusader). A walking tour through Bethlehem’s Old [...]

June 5th, 2015|

Salesian Artistic Centre: One of the Last Mother-of-Pearl Workshops in Palestine

Archaeological excavations in the area of Bethlehem have proven that the town’s mother-of-pearl industry is a centuries-old tradition. In addition, the use of small mother-of-pearl tiles can be seen in the twelfth-century mosaics that decorate the walls of the Church of the Nativity. However, the true turning point in the development of mother-of-pearl art took [...]

May 5th, 2015|