Every Christmas, thousands of pilgrims visit the Church of the Nativity – believed to be on the site of Jesus Christ’s birthplace — in Bethlehem. Throughout the year, other places in Israel associated with events described in the Bible also attract Christian pilgrims and tourists from across the world. But when did Christians start traveling to them for religious reasons?
Our Lord’s birthplace, along with other biblical sites, became pilgrimage sites earlier than previously thought…
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