Shepherd's Sanctuary
Shepherd's Sanctuary
4.5
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 11:45 AM
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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stevebintley
Bedford, UK8,665 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
It’s a pretty remote area but totally worth visiting for the history and story behind it, especially if you visit with a guide who can explain everything. The church isn’t the largest nor most elaborate but it’s the simplicity which is memorable. The number of people inside is limited giving the opportunity to take in all the paintings properly and the surrounding grounds are equally as impressive when you understand the background. Certainly worth a visit.
Written October 2, 2022
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Brenda S
Auckland Central, New Zealand232 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
This is not so much a place to go and see but a place to go and be. It was interesting to get an idea of how the shepherds lived and to understand their location as it related to Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The cave I wouldn't stay in for the presentation as there appeared to be black mould growing in the roof and the air seemed close and unhealthy. I was also a little perturbed that the tabernacle in the church was left swinging open and someone had put money in it? Come on my Franciscan Brothers sort this out. Having said all this I found among all the busyness of travelling here outside in the lovely grounds was a place of tranquility affording you personal space and calmness.
Written April 3, 2023
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FredPurdue
Seattle, WA2,268 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
There is much history associated with this site, but it also presents a number of interesting subjects to photograph. Generally, be aware that the grotto will have masses scheduled for pilgrims and it can be crowded. Travel light, so forget tripods. My DSRL with a zoom lens gave flexibility for wide angle, telephoto, and wide ISO. The grounds include a monastery ruin, a challenge due to monochrome nature. The Byzantine Church is interesting from the outside. Inside think about stitching to get the altar and dome. The Grotto is quite dark and leads to areas lacking detail. Post-processing may be needed.
Written May 18, 2020
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SmartTraveler
Muar, Malaysia865 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Shepherd's Field is in Beit Sahour near Bethlehem in the West Bank of Palestine. It was where the angels heralded the good news. The Birth of Christ was announced to shepherds instead of the nobles and the pious. They were later directed by the angels to a stable.

Early churches and chapels were built around this pasture site. More European Christians came with the Crusaders. They were in various orthodoxy and denominations.

We are inside the  Chapel of Angels. It was built next to the ruins. Antonio Barluzzi was the architect in 1953. The  Franciscan Order ministered to this church.
Written April 12, 2023
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Shareef Jibreen Palestine guide
Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Business
The shephered field is the place where the angels appeared to the shephereds and told them about the news of Jesus birth.. It is located in Bethlehem.. We meet tourists at bus station 231 in Bethlehem and then visit the area in my private car
Written April 7, 2022
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IlyaNJ
Marlboro, NJ991 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
An interesting religious and archaeological site, highlighted by the caves that have been and are used as chapels. Small newish chapel at the top of the complex.
Written December 1, 2019
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beachlovernc2015
Leland, NC2,037 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
A tranquil spot above what would have been the Shepherd's fields during the time of Jesus. The church is very unassuming from the exterior but once inside it is so lovely and you want to take your time looking at the art work that so accurately depicts the story from the Bible. A small group was singing a hymn while we were there - beautiful acoustics.
Written September 18, 2019
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Ronald M
New Hartford228 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Part of our pilgrimage.After Mass we walked down to the cave where we just sat and reflected on what the shepherds must have felt when they saw the star and told of the birth of Jesus.
Must see the church.
A choir sang Silent Night and it was awesome.
Rest rooms are available however the women said no toilet paper so be prepared.
Written November 15, 2018
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jayhawkfanatic
Wichita, KS37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
When I thought of the shepherd's field in scripture I had a completely different picture than what I saw upon arriving to the Shepherd's field in Bethlehem. It literally is on a hillside. This is a nice place to sit and reflect on that day when the angels appeared to the shepherds in the field watching their flocks and think about the good news they shared about a savior being born.
Written September 10, 2018
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Dale W
Spring City, TN55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
I have traveled here often. It is a church in the Shepherd's Fields. Beautiful building with some amazing paintings depicting the life of Jesus Christ. Under the main building, there is a cave. Perhaps where the shepherds kept their sheep. It is a short walk from the main street. Tour buses have a place to park to let one begin the walk. There are many local vendors who sell handcrafted olive wood scriptures. I usually buy some because they are trying to make a living. Great place for a great experience.
Written August 8, 2019
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