Since the Palestinian National Authority governs Bethlehem, we were told to bring out passports - but we were never asked to show them.
This silver star marks where Jesus was born.
We then travelled a short distance to Beit Sahour to visit the two Churches of Shepherd's Field where an angel announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds:
One is Catholic
The other is a modern Greek Orthodox Church built in 1972 over a restored 4th century lower church and near excavations of a Byzantine church destroyed in 614.