Church of the Nativity

On January 2012 UNESCO's World Heritage committee approved the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem for its list of sites of World Heritage in Danger.

The Church of the Nativity is the recognized birthplace of Jesus Christ.  It was placed on the list as it was suffering from damages due to water leaks in its roof.

The Church of Nativity is located 10km south of Jerusalem on the site identified by Christian tradition as the birthplace of Jesus since the 2nd century.

The Church of Nativity was first completed there in 339 A.D. and the edifice that replaced it after a fire in the 6th century retains elaborate floor mosaics from the original edifice.

The site also includes Latin, Greek Orthodox, Franciscan and Armenian convents and churches, as well as bell towers, terraced gardens and a pilgrimage route.