Shepherd's Sanctuary, Beit Sahour

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#18 of 116 in Things to do in Palestinian Territories
Must see · Landmark · Tourist Spot
At Shepherd's Sanctuary, see the place where, according to the biblical story, the famous shepherds heard about the birth of baby Jesus. Located in the hills that overlook the city of Bethlehem, the building and the whole site serve as an oasis of calm away from the crowds below. Admire the charming garden around the chapel, then head inside to see a model of the shepherds playing their famous role two thousand years ago; you’ll find yourself in a room whose walls are covered in painted nativity scenes. You can also visit the small church on site to pay your respects. Work out when and for how long to visit Shepherd's Sanctuary and other Beit Sahour attractions using our handy Beit Sahour trip maker.
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  • Upon entering the tree-lined area, visitors are greeted by a tall, imposing fountain supported by stone-carved sheep and sheep-head spigots, with a shepherd presiding over the sheep from atop...  more »
  • There is much history associated with this site, but it also presents a number of interesting subjects to photograph. Generally, be aware that the grotto will have masses scheduled for pilgrims and...  more »
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