Palestine (Church)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The village of Beit Sahur is where one of the places most sacred to Christians, the Shepherds' Field, is found. It is identified as the setting of the story in the Gospel of Luke where an angel of the Lord visited the shepherds and informed them of Jesus' birth. The monastery of shepherds' field covers an area of 40,000 square meters, and was built on several terraces with a combined vertical height of some 35 meters. The Ruins of the site includes winepresses, olive oil presses, a bakery, cisterns and animal pens, and natural caves. The archaeological excavations revealed the existence of two historical phases of the monastery, one at the end of the 4th or beginning of the 5th century and the other from the 6th century. Belonging to the first phase are the foundations of the church, of which only the apse survives. Then in the 6th century the church was demolished and rebuilt in the same place but with the apse displaced slightly towards the east.
Sheperds' Fields
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