Chapel of the Shepherd's Field

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Shepherds' Field Chapel
Sanctuary Gloria in excelsis Deo
Christmas Church (Bethlehem)3.jpg
Shepherds' Field Chapel is located in the West Bank
Shepherds' Field Chapel
Shepherds' Field Chapel
31°42′26.3″N 35°13′48.4″E / 31.707306°N 35.230111°E / 31.707306; 35.230111Coordinates: 31°42′26.3″N 35°13′48.4″E / 31.707306°N 35.230111°E / 31.707306; 35.230111
Location Bethlehem
Country  Palestine
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Architecture
Architect(s) Antonio Barluzzi

The Shepherds' Field Chapel[1] is the name given to a religious building of the Catholic church[2] that is in the area of Beit Sahur[3] southeast of Bethlehem in the West Bank in Palestine. The chapel marks the place where, according to Catholic tradition, the angels first announced the birth of Christ.

History[edit]

It is a chapel built by the Franciscans[4] and that is very close but separated from other structure belonging to the Greek Orthodox Church.[5] Its history dates back to the fifth century when the first sanctuary was built. The present chapel was built near the ruins of an ancient monastery in 1953[6][self-published source] with the design of architect Antonio Barluzzi and decorated with images of the annunciation to the shepherds and childhood of Jesus.

Architecture[edit]

It has five apses that mimic the structure of a nomadic tent in gray. The words of the angel to the shepherds incristas gold. Under the church is a large cave. An image depicting the birth of Jesus can be seen in the place.[7] The Status Quo, a 250-year old understanding between religious communities, applies to the site.[8][9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mirjam's World - Travel - Israel - Holy Land: Tel-Aviv, Bethlehem, Shepherds' Field, Beit Sahur, Manager Square, St. Catherin's, Church of the Nativity, Milk Grotto, Ein Kerem, Yad Vashem". travel.mirjamsworld.com. Retrieved 2016-05-09. 
  2. ^ Murphy-O'Connor, Jerome (2008-02-28). The Holy Land: An Oxford Archaeological Guide from Earliest Times to 1700. OUP Oxford. ISBN 9780191647666. 
  3. ^ "Midnight Mass at Bethlehem | Magnificat Media | Creation and production of engaging educational content". Magnificat Media | Creation and production of engaging educational content. 2015-12-31. Retrieved 2016-05-09. 
  4. ^ Tilbury, Neil (1989-10-01). Israel, a travel survival kit. Lonely Planet. ISBN 9780864420152. 
  5. ^ Humphreys, Andrew (1996-01-01). Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Lonely Planet Publications. ISBN 9780864423993. 
  6. ^ Garza, Refugio De La (2011-05-01). Datos y Relatos de Un Viaje a Tierra Santa (in Spanish). Xlibris Corporation. ISBN 9781617645280. 
  7. ^ 25, stevewolfgang | December; |, 2013 at 4:26 Pm (2013-12-25). "Visiting the shepherd's fields near Bethlehem". Ferrell's Travel Blog. Retrieved 2016-05-09. 
  8. ^ UN Conciliation Commission (1949). United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine Working Paper on the Holy Places. 
  9. ^ Cust, L. G. A. (1929). The Status Quo in the Holy Places. H.M.S.O. for the High Commissioner of the Government of Palestine. 

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