1 Like

Shepherds' Fields Church, Bethlehem
West Bank

Shepherds' Field, Bethlehem


Approximately 2 km to the east of Bethlehem lies the village of Beit Sahour, where one of the most sacred places to Christians; the Shepherds' Field; is found, identified as the scene where the Angel of the Lord visited the shepherds and informed them of Jesus' birth (pbuh); "And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And the Angel said to them, Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people" (Luke 2:8-10).


The Roman Catholics and the Greek Orthodox each have their own Shepherds' Field. The Roman Catholic site features a Franciscan Chapel designed to resemble the shepherds' tent while the Greek Orthodox site features a 5th century church built over a cave.


In the Orthodox Shepherd's Field, a site in a small valley with olive trees some of them dating back 2000 years, an underground Church is dedicated to Synaxis of the Mother of God (celebrated December 26th). On the night of Christ's Nativity, this underground church was the cave of the shepherds, who heard the angelic proclamation "Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth and good will to men" (Luke 2-14). This cave was one of the many churches built by Saint Helena in the year 325 AD. The cave functioned first as a shelter, then as a tomb of the shepherds, and has been treated as such by Christians since the 4th century.


On the basis of archaeological evidence, it has been proved that the church dated to early Byzantine period, and that it is the earliest Christian structure build on this site.


Up to 1972, only the underground church was visible and in regular use, but almost none of the mosaics were visible. In that year the spiritual father of the Monastery of Saint Savva, Archimadrite Seraphim, had taken control of this holy shrine, in order to build a new full-size church above the basement church. Excavating the foundations for the new church, there were remains of three different churches of the 5th, 6th and 7th centuries found respectively.

Now the holy site consists of five churches:

The Natural Cave Church which dates to the 2nd half of the 4th century

The Cave Church, dating to the 5th century

The Roof Chapel, which also dated to the 5th century

The Basilica, which dates to the 6th century

The Monastery Church, which dates to the 7th century

The nearby field of Ruth is traditionally associated with the events of the Old Testament (recounted in the Book of Ruth 1:16).

View More »

Copyright: Zoran strajin
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 12014x6007
Chargée: 01/12/2011
Mis à jour: 29/08/2014
Affichages ::

...


Tags: shepherds fields; bethlehem; frsco; picture; dome; christianity; religious; israel
comments powered by Disqus

Zoran Strajin
Archaeological Excavations - Shepherd's Fields, Bethlehem
Zoran Strajin
Shepherd's Fields Garden, Bethlehem
Werner Joemann
(Shepherds Field)-Hirtenfeld Kapelle Bethlehem
Werner Joemann
Hirtenfeld (Shepherds Field) Bethlehem
Werner Joemann
Shepherds Field Garden Bethlehem
Werner Joemann
Milchgrotte in Bethlehem neben der Geburtsgrotte
Zoran Strajin
Wooden Art Factory, Bethlehem
Zoran Strajin
Milk Grotto - Bethlehem
Zoran Strajin
Milk Grotto - detail of site where the Virgin Mary stopped to breast feed the Baby Jesus - Bethlehem
Zoran Strajin
In the Factory of Wooden Souvenirs, Bethlehem
Zoran Strajin
Wooden Art Factory - dark, Bethlehem
Zoran Strajin
Milk Grotto - place traditionally described as the site where the Virgin Mary stopped to breast feed the Baby Jesus - Bethlehem
Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com
Village of Çavuşin, Cappadocia, Turkey
Шубкин Сергей
Img 0229 panorama
Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com
Yilanli Church, Cappadocia, Turkey
Sergej Esnault
Hill of crosses - Šiauliai - Lithuania
Alejandro Fregoso
Palacio de Gobierno
T. Emrich
Isar River crossing Munich, Aerial View
Jürgen Matern
Rainbow at Skógafoss (Iceland)
hkaxiong
Hainan Museum
Marcio Cabral
Fitz Roy Valley
Marijan Marijanovic
Monastery Ostrog Near Niksic
heiwa4126
Akabane 1st Av. Silkroad
Ruben Karapetyan
Summer, though!
Zoran Strajin
Interior of the Belgrade's Gate, Petrovaradin Fortress
Zoran Strajin
Aviation Museum, Belgrade
Zoran Strajin
Kupaliste na Dunavu - Sr. Kamenica (near Novi Sad), Serbia
Zoran Strajin
The Basilica of the Agony at the Garden of Gethsemane - Jerusalem - (Church of All Nations)
Zoran Strajin
BEWARE!!! Entrance to the dark underground labyrinth! Petrovaradin Fortress
Zoran Strajin
Church of the Flagellation, Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem
Zoran Strajin
Basilica of the Annunciation, Nazareth, Israel
Zoran Strajin
Rock of Golgotha, Curch of The Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem
Zoran Strajin
Street of Prague, Prague
Zoran Strajin
Dome of the Rock in the Morning - Old City, Jerusalem
Zoran Strajin
Find a Polar Bear, Zoo Garden - Subotica
Zoran Strajin
Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu - Jeruselem - interior
More About Middle East

Modern civilization began right here in the Tigris-Euphrates river valley. Also known as the Fertile Crescent or Mesopotamia, this is the place where, six thousand years ago, agriculture, writing and mathematics were brought into widespread use.The term "Middle East" comes from the British navy, which used it to describe the countries on the trade route from Europe to India and China. Everything from Afghanistan to Morocco may possibly be classified as "middle eastern", depending on whom you ask -- and when.Only a partial list of past Empires in the middle eastern territory includes Sumeria, Babylonia, Persia, the Ottoman Empire and the Roman Empire!When northern Europe was still lurking about in slimy cold stone castles playing chess, the Middle East was enjoying the flowers of poetry, luxurious craftsmanship, music and literature. In fact, the Renaissance in Europe was partly inspired by stories brought back from the middle east by travelers along the trade route.Strategic location, religious history and the world's largest supply of crude oil have kept the Middle East at the center of world activity for centuries. The saga continues.Text by Steve Smith.