Sunbeam inside the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem
The Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem was one of those sites and buildings initiated by the Emperor Constantine following his mother, the Empress Helena’s visit to identify the holy sites in the area. This building programme started in around 326 AD, but the building has had to cope with a number of rebuilds and restructures in the centuries since then.
Exceptionally striking is the architectural design where the sun beams down through a round window into the church at a particular time of day and the beam strikes the floor of the upper area immediately above the site that is considered to be the birthplace of Jesus. A similar architectural device is used in the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem for the site of where may have been the tomb of Jesus, now surrounded by a small chapel called in Latin an Aedicula
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