Secret Spaces in the Church of the Nativity

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We all remember how thrilled I get when I feel like I get an exclusive, inside sight into something, right?

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Well, the Church of the Nativity was no different.

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We saw the church, previewed the historic door with three successive architectural changes designed to keep enemies and unwanteds out, peered down into the Grotto where the monks were worshiping, etc.

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But then our guide (a friend of a friend who met us there for free!) took us into the cathedral next door, and down into a winding cave adjacent to the Holy Sepulcher.

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And though we hadn’t been able go into the Grotto, the cave where Christ was supposedly born, instead we got to peak through a hole in a wooden door and watch the monks singing and waving incense in what to them, was a very holy place. It felt very cool and exclusive.

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Look, if you’ve done it, too, don’t tell me!

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Just let me pretend I’m the only one.

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