Bethlehem Hebron Full day Tour
Itinerary of the tour:
Introduction & Briefing: Short Orientation and distribution of relevant literature and maps
• Hebron, Old Market: The ancient town of Hebron is considered to be one of the oldest towns in Palestine, and indeed has some claim to being among the oldest continuously inhabited places on earth. The Souq (market) with its arched roofs and maze of alleys is worth exploring. The shops and stall sell everything from pottery, olivewood and glass to fresh and dried fruits.
• Ibrahimi Mosque: Al-Haram al Ibrahimi al Khalil (The Sanctuary of Ibrahim, the friend) is a massive mosque with a 20 meter high wall. The lower part dates from the time of Herod while the main part was formerly a Crusader Church which was an enlargement of the original Byzantine basilica used by Christian pilgrim en route to Abraham’s Oak at Mamre. The upper part of four minarets (of which two remain) were added by the Mameluks. As the place of David’s anointment and the burial of patriarchs, the sanctuary is regarded as holy to Muslim, Christians and Jews
• Hebron Glass Factory: Visit one of Hebron’s famous glass blowing factories, a traditional crafts in the Hebron area.
• Refugee Camp: Visit a refugee camp and meet with the people
• Church of Nativity: The Church of the Nativity lies in the center of Bethlehem on Manger Square. It is one of the oldest working Church in existence today. The first Church was built by the Roman Emperor Constantine back in the fourth century A.D. over the Grotto where Mary gave birth to Jesus. Constantine and his mother Helena, built a magnificent and majestic church adorned with beautiful marble and mosaics.