Chapel of the Shepherd's Field
|Shepherds' Field Chapel|
|Sanctuary Gloria in excelsis Deo|
|Denomination||Roman Catholic Church|
The Shepherds' Field Chapel (Arabic: كنيسة حقل الرعاة; Hebrew: כנסיית שדה הרועים) is a Roman Catholic religious building. in the area of Beit Sahur, southeast of Bethlehem in the West Bank in Palestine. The chapel marks the place where, according to Catholic tradition, angels first announced the birth of Christ.
Prior to the construction of the present chapel in 1953, Franciscan archaeologist Virgilio Canio Corbo excavated the site and found evidence of a large monastic establishment, whose church dates to the 5th century.
The Chapel was designed by architect Antonio Barluzzi. Under the chapel is a large cave.
It has five apses that mimic the structure of a nomadic tent in gray. The words of the angel to the shepherds incristas gold. An image depicting the birth of Jesus can be seen in the place. The Status Quo, a 250-year old understanding between religious communities, applies to the site.
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