Christmas Eve in Bethlehem 2011

Bethlehem, identified in the New Testament as the birthplace of Jesus, is one of the holiest places in Christianity. On Christmas Eve, Diwaniyya visited Bethlehem to find out how Christians feel about spending the holidays in this holy city.

There, we spoke with Christians from the Israel and the Palestinian Territories, as well as Italy, the U.S., U.K., and elsewhere. We'll be releasing those interviews shortly.

In the meantime, here are some photographs of Bethlehem on Christmas Eve:

The Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem. Photo by Alona Ferber.
The streets were filled with tourists, locals and vendors. Photo by Alona Ferber.

More photos after the jump.


A large crowd gathered in Manger Square, Bethlehem. Photo by Alona Ferber.

A concert in Manger Square. Photo by Alona Ferber.

A storefront with Christmas decorations in Bethlehem. Photo by Alona Ferber.

A Syrian Orthodox Church in Bethlehem. Photo by Alona Ferber.

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