“And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night, and an angel of the Lord appeared before them” (Luke 2:8-9)
The new Orthodox church is close to a cave where remains of an early Byzantine church have been discovered, indicating that this was traditionally thought of as the place where the angels appeared before the shepherds.
Pilgrim records show that the ruins were visited during the Crusader period.
In 1954 a unique tent shaped chapel, designed by Antonio Berluzzi and decorated with panels depicting the early life of Jesus, was built in a field purchased by the Franciscans in the 19th century. While preparing the foundations remains of a farming monastery were discovered.
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