The façade of the Church of the Annunciation (Al-Bishara Church) in Beit Jala, Palestine, suggests architectural evolution. The complex has certainly grown since the 1850s when it was established as a place of Christian worship with Ottoman permission. The golden hues of Cenomanian-era limestone unite the different phases of construction as does the Christmas decor.
Interested in visiting Israel/Palestine yourself? Pastors, professors, and their spouses are invited to participate in a unique experience. Priced at a deep-discount level, this trip delivers a rich engagement with the Land of the Bible and introduces leaders to the potential and pitfalls of organized travel. Mark it on your calendar: Jan 8-15, 2019.