According to the Christian faith, Jesus was born in the city of Bethlehem. Visitors flock to the Holy Crypt, inside the Church of the Nativity, where a silver star marks the exact location of Jesus’s birth. The church is situated in the city center, in Manger Square. Next to the church is the Milk Grotto where the Holy family stayed on their way to Egypt. In 2012, the church complex became the first Palestinian site to be listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Almost 2 million visitors come to Bethlehem each year. Christmas is the busiest time of the year. Pilgrims from all over the world come, as well as important foreign dignitaries and local government officials. The square is decorated with lights and a huge Christmas overlooks the entire city. Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Armenian Apostolic authorities work together to manage the Church of Nativity. This means that Christmas happens 3 times each year. The Protestants and Roman Catholics celebrate on December 25, the Greek Orthodox celebrate on January 6, and the Armenian Orthodox observe Christmas on January 19.
The city also has a bazaar, many restaurants and cafes, mosques, a peace center and several cultural museums.