This Christmas, Visitors Will Find Church of the Nativity in Scaffolding

Bethlehem site undergoing first comprehensive renovation since it was completed in 4th century.

When entering Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity now, only three weeks before Christmas, pilgrims and tourists find the church’s wooden roof, windows and walls hidden behind scaffoldings and tarpaulin. The reason behind all this is an ambitious restoration project by the Palestinian Authority and several European countries that has just been rolled out.